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Your reaction: Andrea Chénier in cinemas 2015

What did you think of the live cinema relay of David McVicar's Royal Opera production of Umberto Giordano's opera?

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

29 January 2015 at 10.32pm | 73 Comments

What did you think of Andrea Chénier in cinemas?

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

29 January 2015 at 10.32pm

This article has been categorised Opera, Screening and tagged Andrea Chénier, by David McVicar, cinema, Production, review, Social Media, twitter

This article has 73 comments

  1. Gabriella Daddi responded on 29 January 2015 at 11:03pm Reply

    Uno spettacolo splendido ed elegante.Kaufmann e Westbroeck hanno mandato in paradiso.Conduzione del collegamento eccellente.Gran bella serata a Firenze

  2. Alex Hall responded on 29 January 2015 at 11:06pm Reply

    Just home from Belfast screening of tonight's performance. Sets and costumes stunning. Westbroek and Lucic excellent with Kaufmann absolutely outstanding. Maestro Pappano you are a genius!!

  3. Beth McLeod responded on 29 January 2015 at 11:23pm Reply

    A small audience gathered in a modest Oban cinema up in the Highlands of Scotland tonight to warm our souls with this truly beautiful live performance. The 16 of us hail from at least three continents. Opera #ROHChenier unites the world. Splendid work all around!

  4. Jane Smyth responded on 29 January 2015 at 11:32pm Reply

    Great performance

  5. Raymond Millar responded on 29 January 2015 at 11:41pm Reply

    What a treat to watch and listen to all of this genius live in the cinema. Thankyou Giordano. Beautiful music.

  6. veronique Maxwell responded on 29 January 2015 at 11:42pm Reply

    Made me cry in act 3 and 4. I thought about those poor cartoonists who died in Paris defendind the freedom of speech

  7. GEORGES responded on 29 January 2015 at 11:54pm Reply

    Wonderful performance ! All characters perfectly sung. (special thought to the Old Madelon that was moving). Accurate conducting. Many thanks. From Vincennes - France

  8. Simone Camilleri responded on 30 January 2015 at 6:53am Reply

    What a fabulous evening! Of course, I would have rather been in house, but this was definitely an excellent second best. Lots of my friends at the cinema. We all agreed that Kaufmann and Lucic were tops with Westbroek following pretty close. Pappano's conducting was just perfect. That's Maestro Pappano, whatever he does is right to the point. Musicality just flows out of him!

  9. Michele Connolly responded on 30 January 2015 at 8:48am Reply

    Fantastic, powerful and moving opera. Our audience here in the south of France greatly enjoyed the performances. Keep them coming, please.

  10. John GINMAN responded on 30 January 2015 at 8:59am Reply

    A very exciting performance. It was wonderful to experience it in such a closeup way. But why, oh why, can't you hire presenters who are experienced interviewers and actually know something about music? It's very difficult for a singer to give an interview halfway through a performance. Kaufmann coped brilliantly with an interviewer who was so nervous he kept interrupting the answers to the questions he was asking, and who clearly knew nothing about opera. We no longer have to endure tv gardeners introducing Proms. Don't patronise your cinema audiences by assuming they need 'celebrities' to make the performances 'accessible'.

    • lizbie responded on 30 January 2015 at 3:24pm

      John, your disquiet concerning inept interviewers & inappropriate commentary is echoed by many others amongst those who saw the showing in the cinema.

    • Raymond Millar responded on 30 January 2015 at 11:52pm

      Agreed. Please even have a Radio 3 personality presenting! The point where Richard E Grant said 'Stop talking Jonas' was excruciating. And poor Jonas was trying his best to answer pathetic tweets.

    • David Carhart responded on 3 February 2015 at 2:07pm

      I could not agree more: Grant was a disgrace, and even referred twice to Kaufmann as 'Johann'

  11. Sheila Barnett responded on 30 January 2015 at 9:46am Reply

    I greatly enjoyed everything about this production - I have never seen this opera before and think it is splendid. Jonas Kaufmann was powerful AND sensitive: what a soaring tenor!
    BUT the sound quality (Curzon, Canterbury) was bad - no clarity or brightness, often sounding like they were singing through a carpet. It took the edge off, certainly.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 January 2015 at 10:04am

      Hi Sheila,

      Sorry to hear about the sound issues at the Canterbury Curzon - we'll pass the feedback on to them and our Cinema team will be in contact to ensure it's resolved for future relays.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

    • Sally Gibbons responded on 2 February 2015 at 9:17am

      Sheila: We had the same problem at the HMVCurzon in Wimbledon, but as they had said in advance that problems might arise because of the weather, and the cinema had made adjustments to cope with this, I wondered whether this might have been the cause. Either way, a wonderful evening.

  12. joy patterson responded on 30 January 2015 at 9:54am Reply

    Absolutely wonderful performance from all but especially Jonas Kaufman. The level of acting and singing. Just amazing. Love him.

  13. Caroline Galwey responded on 30 January 2015 at 10:03am Reply

    Kaufmann perfect but his lines were cliche'd: as usual it was the conflicted baritone who got us all on the edge of our seats in act 3! Marvellous job.

  14. John Hunter responded on 30 January 2015 at 10:20am Reply

    Such a privilege to hear/see this in rural Scotland. A real treat. Combination of Bryn Terfel and Andris Nelsons in Flying Dutchman should be sensational. Share reservations on sound quality last night. Normally sound in the Hawick cinema is exceptionally vivid but last night was definitely muffled, at a low volume and differing levels. Problem with adjustments in signal due to weather issues? Worth resolving before Wagner unleashed!!

  15. karenb responded on 30 January 2015 at 10:33am Reply

    Loved last night's live relay. Frankly anything conducted by Antonio Pappano and sung by Jonas Kaufmann is worth listenung to. Sound and lighting quality gets better each time and I loved the sets and costumes. Interesting comments during the interval from Herr Kaufmann about performing opera as the composer originally intended it to be. I'm no expert in opera but from what I've seen so far I much prefer the original productions to anything too new. Looking forward to Bryn Terfel in Der fliegende Hollander next month.

  16. Andrew Higgins responded on 30 January 2015 at 10:52am Reply

    Great performance - Lucic was superb. Sound also bad at Bury St Edmunds - no stereo. Shame. And Richard Grant was poor ROH must meet the Met's high standards of presenter eg Rene Fleming.

  17. Monica Clark responded on 30 January 2015 at 11:04am Reply

    Sadly, we were snowbound here in Disley. Had tickets for the Cineworld at Didsbury and really looked forward to it. So disappointed. Will it be on TV any time in the future?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 January 2015 at 11:57am

      Hi Monica,

      Sorry to hear that you missed the performance due to the weather. No TV/DVD broadcast/release is scheduled, but do watch this space!

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  18. Stephen Cutler responded on 30 January 2015 at 11:07am Reply

    I've seen this from the front row in the House, but the cinema brings yet another level of detail in the costumes and the acting. Of course, nothing beats the live experience, especially for the sound, but seeing the cinema afterwards does add another dimension, especially when the camera work and direction is so immaculately done.

  19. Roger Bagnall responded on 30 January 2015 at 11:22am Reply

    (Seen last night at Aldershot) Transmission quality fine, by the way. Super performance, especially Lucic. Having been spoiled by Darcy doing the ballet transmission inserts, R Grant didnt add anything, although the clips, e.g. of Pappano and the costumier were very good. Looking forward to Mahoganny.

  20. Juan Antonio Munoz responded on 30 January 2015 at 12:00pm Reply

    Jomnas Kaufmann, the best Chénier ever.

    David McVicar, to whom the Royal Opera House owes some of its best shows in recent years (“Adriana Lecouvreur” and “The Trojans”, among others), opted for a traditional production and paid special attention to developing the characters, from the last citizen to the protagonist poet. Every human being on the scene has something to say in dramatic terms: the anger of the uprising, the fear of the children, the resignation of the accused, the stubbornness of the judges, the felony of the “Incroyables” (spies) and the “not spontaneous corruption” of the “merveilleuses” (prostitutes). Great theater, naturally, as is only possible in London, as well as luxurious and splendidly clothed.

    On the podium, leading the impressive sound machine that is the orchestra of this house is maestro Antonio Pappano, probably the best conductor of Italian opera alive on earth, who managed to convey at all times the passion of this music and the bond between the beauty of the melodies and Chenier’s melancholic soul. The duet from the last act was truly an apotheosis.
    The cast reached another summit. The extraordinary and well-remembered Rosalind Plowright plays here the part of the Countess di Coigny, who only sings in the first act; needless to say, her portrait is hard to match. An ancient voice from the Scala in Milan, the most remarkable mezzo Elena Zilio, was the “vecchia Madelon”, who, blind and about to die, delivers her grandson, the last drop of her blood, to the Revolution. Denyce Graves, a once famous and ribald “Carmen”, was Bersi, the faithful servant who helps Maddalena.

    The protagonists capped a show that was perfect in many ways. Baritone Zeljko Lucic, who insists in considering himself a Verdian singer, resumes here a repertoire for which he is much better fitted. A solid Carlo Gérard knew how to embody the force that precipitates the plot. Often careless as an actor, Lucic was on this occasion subtle when describing the double transit of his character: the subordinate who becomes a revolutionary leader and the man who makes a perverse use of power and then reconsiders and gives in to better feelings. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek gave herself in body and soul to her role and used her powerful instrument to give life to the verb, the Word, crucial in this opera where the recitatives are the central structure. She looked very beautiful on stage.

    Jonas Kaufmann dazzled with his creation. It seemed as if he had sung the title role hundreds of times, and yet he was making his debut in it. With total stage and vocal control, overwhelming in the beauty of the sound and a radical understanding of the poetic meaning of that sound, his voice shining through the entire range and dripping emotion with each phrase, his Andrea Chénier almost brought down the house. An actor of overflowing imaginative flight, he gradually opened up the possibilities of this character, thus building a dramatic entity that is first moved by arrogance, then by irresponsibility and recklessness and later on by love and heroic virtues. All of this was naturally expressed through a song in which strength and impact are only part of a kaleidoscope of nuances to denote desire, doubt, fear or courage; his “Come un bel dì di Maggio”, the hardest page of the opera, was simply perfect. Just as with his Werther, Lohengrin, Don José, Des Grieux, Florestan and Don Carlo, it will be difficult for the great theaters of the world to settle for another Chénier.

  21. Caroline Cawston responded on 30 January 2015 at 12:35pm Reply

    Wonderful performance. I also share concerns about sound quality (Curzon Mayfair). At every opera relay I've been to there, audience members have had to ask for the volume to be turned down - it is so loud it really distorts the voices - painful!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 January 2015 at 2:35pm

      Hi Caroline,

      Glad you enjoyed the performance but sorry to hear about the sound quality at Curzon Mayfair. We'll be in contact with the venue to address.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  22. Peter Erdos responded on 30 January 2015 at 3:46pm Reply

    It was great to see the wonderful Andrea Chenier from Covent Garden in the cinema. A pleasure this time not to endure some dreadful updated version dreamt up by a producer who woke up from a nightmare and put his creation on the stage. Thanks to David McVicar to accept history and be faithful to it
    A straight forward presentation without gimmicks! How refreshing!
    A cast that would be difficult to better anywhere today made it a truly great evening at the opera. The only fly in the ointment was the slightly under par sound quality in most of the cinemas. Was the cause really the weather conditions?
    The musical conditions were much better though! Pappano at the helm was as great as ever. Kaufmann , Westbrook and Lucic were perfect interpreters of the characters both musically and theatrically, I particularly admired Kaufmann's absolute control over Chenier's every utterance.In the smaller roles the winner is Elena Zilio,s heartfelt Madelon
    Let us hope a new dawn had been breaking at Covent Garden with this superb performance of a rarely heard and most beatifully presented opera

  23. Michael Bray responded on 30 January 2015 at 5:14pm Reply

    Fantastic production - really enjoyed it....but sadly, and inexplicably....no reason given at the end of the performance....the picture failed for the last dramatic 10 minutes for those of us watching at Barnet Odeon. We did continue to hear the music, but what a disappointment to miss what must have been a visually dramatic ending.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 January 2015 at 5:30pm

      Hi Michael,

      Very sorry to hear about the technical issues. Our Cinema team are in contact with the venue to ensure it doesn't occur again.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  24. Mercè responded on 30 January 2015 at 7:25pm Reply

    I saw this wonderful performance in Barcelona at Cinemes Girona (through Digital Version)
    I loved it!! But sound quality , in my opinion, was not so good : too loud for my ears!!
    Thank you.

  25. jean vaughan responded on 30 January 2015 at 7:44pm Reply

    absolutely wonderful. I have been very fond of this opera for many years and was quite enthralled . congratulations to all.

  26. Chrissie Bates responded on 30 January 2015 at 9:06pm Reply

    Goodness - glad I wasn't watching at Barnet Odeon - they lost the last 10 minutes??!! Relay came through load and clear at South Woodford Odeon, and audiences are slowly getting larger here. Richard E Grant seemed rather over-awed by the whole thing - bring back Martha Carney! Interesting that the Met seem to have a team of singers able to present their relays successfully.

    Terrific evening - thanks to all at ROH.

  27. Stewart Winstanley responded on 30 January 2015 at 9:08pm Reply

    Well done ROH and David McVicar, a wonderful production and performances by all, and 'sticking my neck out'...I would say it will probably prove to be very hard to beat as the ROH opera event of 2015. A brief postscript: I didn't see the film relay interviewer of course as I was fortunate enough to be there to see it live but I think the snobbish comment(see above) about 'tv gardeners' totally unnecessary. The gentlemen in question(and I think we all know who we are talking about) was actually there in the amphitheatre audience at the Royal Opera House last night and after taking it upon myself (as a complete stranger to him) to say hello when I saw him during the interval, we had a brief chat that confirmed my long held impression of him as a man of courtesy and more to the point, musically very well informed.

  28. Dave Fairhurst responded on 30 January 2015 at 9:27pm Reply

    Wonderful performance.This was my first live transmission but as this is my favourite opera I couldn't miss it.The soloists all did it justice and I am delighted others have enjoyed it as much as I did.Pappano certainly understands Giordano's masterpiece and the orchestra and singers loved performing it seems.Please don't wait another 30 years before presenting another Chenier

  29. fausta collinge responded on 30 January 2015 at 9:56pm Reply

    A spectacular performance.Beautiful singing.
    At last a traditional production faithful to the libretto. A really enjoyable evening at the cinema. Looking forward to the Flying Dutchman. Thanks to the Roh.
    from Milano

  30. Carole Miller responded on 30 January 2015 at 10:55pm Reply

    Saw this at Woking Ambassadors cinema last evening and was greatly disappointed on account of the very poor quality of sound. It was so frustrating to see a first class production with exceptional performances providing no musical experience whatsoever. I have attended a number of these relays and this was by far the worst in terms of sound quality. Woking blamed the ROH. What went wrong?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 February 2015 at 3:52pm

      Hi Carole,

      Sorry to hear about the sound issues at your local cinema. We believe these to be localized issues. Prior to each relay we strongly recommend each cinema undertake a series of sound tests using the relay feed. Though we can't say whether this was done at your cinema or not, we'll follow up with them to ensure it doesn't occur again.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  31. marisa bonetto responded on 31 January 2015 at 12:03am Reply

    great production, amazing singers, enjoyed a lot in Torino ,cinema with a big screen , excellent sound, crowded with people applauding and smiling afterwards under snow falling ... thanks!

  32. Chrissie Bates responded on 31 January 2015 at 8:50pm Reply

    Apologies for incorrect spelling - Martha Kearney!

  33. Ursula Cecil responded on 1 February 2015 at 9:35am Reply

    Wonderful performances of these operas but in my view all marred by the closeness of the cameras to the singers and the stage. If there are two singers on stage I want to see both of them and the setting they are in. During La mamma morta, just to give one example, we never once saw Gérard’s reaction to what Maddalena was telling him. Heaven forbid if Cosi gets this treatment.

  34. VIRGÍLIO PEDRO GOMES responded on 1 February 2015 at 12:52pm Reply

    I have no words to express my feelings about this magnificent performance.
    I think that the remarkable role of Mr. Kaufmann, is over my memory of Mr Corelli..
    I hope sincerely that ROH will present soom in the market a DVD with this performance.
    Thank you for this live transmission.

  35. michael goodwin responded on 1 February 2015 at 3:40pm Reply

    Perhaps by the time one reaches the end of the opera one forgets the opening scenes, which set up the drama of the story to come. No one has mentioned how really perfectly detailed the performance was of Rosalind Plowright as the Countess de Coigny. She established very clearly the nervous fragile and brittle tone needed.

  36. Alison Brown responded on 1 February 2015 at 4:15pm Reply

    The trip to the gallows has never been so moving. I can't thank the Opera House enough for giving us such a treasure as is each live cinema relay. I was in the drinks queue with a lady who said she only had one question to ask Jonas Kaufman (the Twitter feed) and that's 'Will you marry me?'! I agreed. So hopefully our question will be forwarded to him? But seriously, a great production which should remain in the repertoire for a long time. As usual with live cinema showings, I left in tears. (By the way, poor maligned Richard E Grant is a music lover and does know about opera. I'm not sure he was nervous. That is usually his manner. I thought he did very well. We had the video clips of Pappano to give us some expertise and knowledge - and what a great job he does).

  37. BeaTrice responded on 1 February 2015 at 4:27pm Reply

    Splendid performance with superbe singers (JK adds to all his extraordnary portraits of the past 5 years another one of impressning overall qualities) and a conductor /orchestra who really demonstrated empathy and surrounded them with perfection and passion. A real eyecatch also the "traditional" setting and the wonderful costumes. A confirmation that ROH Live transmissions seduce all over the world. Thank you for such unforgettable moments!

  38. Graham Hare responded on 2 February 2015 at 10:40am Reply

    I saw the repeat showing on Sunday I Feb at The Light Cinema, Wisbech. The sound quality was appalling; even the interviews were muffled and lacking "top". When the singers were at the left of the stage they were almost inaudible. The previous comment "singing through a carpet" is very apt.
    Why no English subtitles ? My two previous experiences of an ROH cinema relay were excellent in both regards.
    The production and performances were superb but spoiled by poor sound.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 February 2015 at 3:44pm

      Hi Graham,

      Sorry to hear about the technical problems at your local cinema. Our team will be in contact with them to ensure it doesn't happen in future.

      In regards to subtitles, your cinema should have been showing them, as they were being broadcast (and received) on the night. It may be that the tests we require venues to undertake before curtain up weren't completed. In any regard, we'll discuss this with the cinema.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  39. Marilyn Welland responded on 2 February 2015 at 1:15pm Reply

    I am so envious of all the people who were fortunate to be able to see this beautiful production in the cinema. Unfortunately, here in Atlantic Canada we did not have that luxury. We regularly get the Met live concerts. Is there some way the ROH could persuade Cineplex in Canada to carry your
    programs?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 February 2015 at 3:41pm

      Hi Marilyn,

      This is a decision on the part of the Canadian cinema chains and distributor. We do regularly add territories so do check back. Alternatively, do petition your local cinema

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  40. Jeremy Holmes responded on 2 February 2015 at 2:09pm Reply

    I caught the "encore" performance at my local (Gerrard's Cross) Odeon yesterday and am still on cloud 9!! The trio of principals were outstanding, and Kaufmann is without rival in this role. Marvellous too to see Rosalind Plowright returning to the operaa after 30 years to play the Contessa (I remember her astounding performance with Carreras, top Cs to die for, literally!). The only down side for me was, as said by others above, the excruciatingly embarrassingly awkward and vacuous interview and intro conducted Richard E Grant. Please don't insult the intelligence of the audience by using him again.

    • lizbie responded on 2 February 2015 at 4:06pm

      The 'interview' was embarrassing indeed, Grant is obviously an enthusiast but not experienced at interviewing. The inanity of having twitter questions did not help either. Full marks, though, to Kaufmann who, although he was being interviewed halfway through a very taxing role, managed to behave as though a favour were being bestowed upon him, and not the other way around. What a mensch.
      Next time, instead of looking for someone who the ROH thinks people might have heard of, how about using someone who is (a) deeply knowledgeable about opera (b) used to talking to leading singers and (c) able to cope with co-ordinating an earpiece with an interviewee? Not easy, but some can do it.

  41. Nicolas WEBER responded on 2 February 2015 at 6:11pm Reply

    Dear Sirs,
    after last years awful disappointment of both Manon Lescaut and Maria Stuarda i swore to myself not to come to London anymore.I speak of the productions of course the singing was great..But after going to the Cinema last week I knew I was wrong.It is stil possible to produce an opera with in a sensitive +classical+ way with beautiful costumes and sets. and besides it permitted quick changes between the acts.As to the singing I must confess Mr.Lucic is not my Kind of voice at least not for that role too uniform no low notes and high notes with some labour..Later on in act three it got better.But Westbroek and Kaufmann what can be said.The best singing AND acting I have seen and heard in a long time.So many beautiful Details so much Feeling for that Music and the voices in full power in piani I am still under the spell..I was able to record over sattelite the Performance on saturday and I do hope QUICKLY for a DVD....And must I say I was wrong not to come to London this time.I have benn a regular visitor since summer of 197o starting with Norma and Salome and I have seen counless operas since then...I was 21 years old at the time..I just can not understand the kind of productions we have to suffer today Everybody in the audience complains but still the opera houses get on with it... too bads but my congatulations for the Chenier...I will return to the movies for the Dutchman....

  42. germana gaude responded on 2 February 2015 at 11:06pm Reply

    grazie per questo meraviglioso Andrea Chenier grandissimo JONAS bravissimi
    tutti !!!!!!!!!!

  43. Louisa responded on 4 February 2015 at 9:35pm Reply

    Wonderful cinema screening on Sunday. Was so disappointed not to be able to make it to RoH to see it, but the cinema made up for it, and I'm really enjoying listening again and again to the recording on Radio 3. Please, please, please, release this as a dvd!

  44. Doris Godec responded on 5 February 2015 at 5:18pm Reply

    A truly memorable performance. Kaufmann brought tears to my eyes, we are priviledged to be around as this great tenor reaches ever greater heights. He is without doubt one of the greatest the world has ever seen. I don't go along entirely with the disparaging comments about Richard E. Grant - to me the weakness was expecting Jonas Kaufmann to respond to such inane tweets half way through the performance. First class sound relay at our Bromley Odeon. PLEEEASE let's have a DVD!

  45. Sean Blake responded on 6 February 2015 at 3:39pm Reply

    In view of the many requests here and on social media sites, can the ROH please confirm whether or not there will be a DVD release of this production before the end of 2015?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 6 February 2015 at 5:43pm

      Dear Sean

      I'm afraid we cannot confirm as the decision does not lie entirely with us. The artists involved in the production have recording contracts and the rights need to be discussed with both them and their record companies.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  46. Sean Blake responded on 6 February 2015 at 11:55pm Reply

    Dear Ellen

    Many thanks for this information and let's hope that all parties feel that it is as much to their advantage as it is to yours and ours.

    Sean

  47. lesley davies responded on 7 February 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

    Knutsford Curzon got it together for the Sunday Encore, no buffering,subtitles all the way through although it was freezing !
    What can I say, attention to historical detail, superb sets, beautiful costumes and the sublime Jonas Kaufmann.I was in pieces when the curtain went down. I could not have asked for more.

  48. Michael Hewens responded on 8 February 2015 at 11:00pm Reply

    Saw this relayed at Uckfield Picture House, in Sussex. It was beautifully staged and superbly sung with great panache and acted with sensitivity and passion. It's not the best of plots and Giordano's music isn't quite up to Puccini's standards, but this production moved along well and the additional "insights" from Pappano and others were also excellent. Kaufmann and Westbroek were well partnered and strong vocally; the close-ups told it all. This production was, I felt, amazing and egged on buy the superb orchestra and conducting and the attention to detail by everyone from costumes through to dancers - a great production which couldn't have been bettered. Richard E Grant's intro was fluffed and he was the weakest bit.

  49. David Lawton responded on 9 February 2015 at 2:09pm Reply

    I saw this at the Vue cinema in Bury. The sound was backward and dull, as if were one overhearing the performance from the other side of a pane of glass.
    It was a complete waste of time and money and made me feel reluctant to attend any more of these events.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 9 February 2015 at 4:18pm

      Hi David,

      Very sorry to hear about your experience. Our Cinema team will be in contact with the Vue cinema in Bury to ensure this issue does not occur at future screenings.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  50. Rita Medrano responded on 13 February 2015 at 8:16am Reply

    I look very much forward to the DVD that can extend the delight of the performance.
    I'm a fan of all your cinema releases.
    Congratulations for it. I love tham

  51. Gordon Arthur responded on 14 February 2015 at 4:25pm Reply

    Hi - what has happened to the repeat that was advertised to be shown on 15th Feb? That was the date I was planning to see this opera. It seems to have vaporised both from the ROH and Vue websites. Very disappointing.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 16 February 2015 at 4:57pm

      Dear Gordon

      I'm afraid that cinemas do sometimes cancel their encore performances - usually if there aren't many pre-booked tickets.

      Sorry for the disappointment caused - we would always much prefer if an advertised show can go ahead.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  52. Sophie-Wanda responded on 16 February 2015 at 9:39am Reply

    C'était vraiment, VRAIMENT génial. Merci de nous permettre de vivre cela depuis la France ! :-)

  53. Chantal Marchal responded on 18 February 2015 at 9:48pm Reply

    Please, please, do insist for a DVD I was in London on the 26th, then in Paris on the 29th (sound good but not perfec)t, again on the 12th (great), and again tomorrow, with more and more friends !!! Can I say more ? You must propose a DVD

  54. Betty Reeves responded on 24 February 2015 at 5:03am Reply

    Wonderful! Jonas, as always, was exciting. His passion carried me away. My family (not opera fans) were overwhelmed, a few in tears. Pappano, Westbroek, Lucic, all of the cast and ensemble were excellent. I'm still playing Jonas' arias in my head.

  55. In Washington D.C., we saw a recording of "Chenier" on February 22, grateful that it came at all. What a magnificent performance! Kaufmann and Westbrook made death appealing. But Zeljko Lucic's Gerard was complex and poignant. With the ability to convey love and hate, Lucic is perfect for the role. Never saw anyone better.
    I am so glad ROH did not try to "modernize" the opera. The original setting and the "grand-style" presentation make this one a "Chenier" for all times, exciting and lovable.
    I hope there will be a CD or DVD recording available soon.

  56. Mairi Nicolson responded on 1 March 2015 at 10:52am Reply

    Just screened here in Melbourne and my first time seeing Giordano's slow burn masterpiece. Feel lucky to have seen McVicar's faithful production and such a uniformly stunning cast. The lovers were terrific vocally and theatrically but I thought Lucic stole the show with the depth of his portrayal of Gerard. Pappano and the orchestra played their hearts out! Thankyou.

  57. Paz responded on 3 March 2015 at 9:02pm Reply

    thank your all, thank your Mc Vicar and Kaufmann

  58. Theo Dombrowski responded on 10 March 2015 at 5:12am Reply

    I just saw the rebroadcast. At last! A favourite opera in recordings, Andrea Chenier at last came fully alive--and with an astounding cast and visually intense production. Alas, like many others, whose comments I just read, I was frustrated with the sound--but, in the case of our theatre (Nanaimo Avalon, BC, Canada) it was only the voices that were muffled--the orchestra was generally clear, even luminous at times, and the audience (!!!) was loud and clear: as with the L'elisir broadcast, I had the impression the mikes were all placed forward of the orchestra.
    Still, when I could get past the frustration of not being able to feel the full impact of the voices (especially because Kaufmann is a huge favourite and because I could--almost--feel all of the inflections and nuance of his vocal colouring), I left the theatre grateful to the ROH and thrilled to the core (and a little like punching a few of the bloodthirsty rabble!)

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