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Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Opera's Andrea Chénier?

Audience and press reviews of Giordano's greatest opera, directed by David McVicar.

By Becky Black (Social Media Editor)

21 May 2019 at 10.54am | 23 Comments

Press reviews:

Broadway World ★★★★★
The Independent ★★★★
Telegraph ★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
The Guardian ★★★
Evening Standard ★★★
Bachtrack ★★★

More press reviews will be added in due course.

What did you think of Andrea Chénier?
Share your reviews via the comments below, or by using #ROHchenier.

Andrea Chénier runs until 9 June 2019. Tickets are available here.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Patrons of Covent Garden.

By Becky Black (Social Media Editor)

21 May 2019 at 10.54am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Andrea Chénier, by David McVicar, Production, review, your reaction

This article has 23 comments

  1. Jessica Sebag-Montefiore responded on 21 May 2019 at 4:08pm Reply

    After playing ” Comme in bel dí di Maggio” for the fourth time this morning on the school run- my teenage daughter’s comment was - “I take you really enjoyed the opera yesterday?”. Wonderful to see Andrea Chénier live for the first time. Really enjoyed it. Stellar cast - Platanias, Alagna and Radnavosky. Very emotive and goes straight to your heart. Thank you to the whole cast. Plowright and Bosi needs to be mentioned too.

  2. Anthony Warshaw responded on 21 May 2019 at 4:53pm Reply

    La poesia

    I have not been this moved by an opera since the Callas/Gobbi Tosca I saw here in the 1960s. Unlike in Vissi d’arte Radvanovsky melted Platanias’s heart sufficiently for him to do all he could to save his rival. The rest of the cast and orchestra were perfect. David McVicar’s production was wonderfully judged to serve Andrea Chénier instead of being director’s opera. The lyrical passion in which the deeply sensitive Alagna and Radvanovsky went to their deaths will remain with me forever. We really felt we were in revolutionary Paris rather than a theatre. The audience was in torrents of (luckily silent) tears. I was seriously worried that the opera house would be flooded.

  3. francois responded on 21 May 2019 at 10:20pm Reply

    Outstanding performance. I saw it in 2015 and came back for this new cast, which was superb. Alagna is in glorious form and Radvanovsky is absolutely superlative. Really worth coming back to see this production!

  4. Ashley Armstrong responded on 22 May 2019 at 10:56am Reply

    I'm there on June 3. Can't wait. Still lots of tickets left for all the performances, which is a little surprising at this late stage....? Was it full for this first night?

  5. christopher Bayne responded on 25 May 2019 at 11:47am Reply

    Quite amazing, I went on 24th May. I just cannot believe that some opera lovers are staying away. These performances should have been over subscribed yet there are still seats available in most parts of the house. Do go if you can.

  6. Alex E responded on 25 May 2019 at 1:28pm Reply

    Stunning production, superb singing by all three leads. Sondra Radvanovsky and Dimitri Platanias are both phenomenal. It's been a long time since I heard the ROH audience give such an ovation, stomping their feet in delight. If in any doubt - cast you doubt aside and go see / hear it.
    PS. ROH has made a few very unfortunate production/casting decisions lately IMHO, so one had a feeling it all might be going south and we will end with "3 Penny Operas" which world-class singers will rightly shun. Let's hope it will not come to this... at least not just yet.

  7. Perin parri hughes responded on 25 May 2019 at 4:31pm Reply

    It looked sold out yesterday evening and the applause was that of a full and appreciative audience.

  8. Hellema Ibrahim responded on 27 May 2019 at 7:11pm Reply

    I had a wonderful night. The costumes, the lights and the details of the sets were incredible, overall, the production was marvellous! The music and the singing were impressive too. Highly recommend it!

  9. Mini responded on 27 May 2019 at 8:49pm Reply

    Very Nice voice Alagna and Radvanovsky, very Nice image and production.

  10. Giancarla Bettella responded on 28 May 2019 at 6:21am Reply

    I agree, a great show! But don´t forget who made this possible: the conductor! Daniel Oren is the number one in this repertoire!

  11. Francis responded on 28 May 2019 at 11:38am Reply

    A superb revival but nonetheless lots of available tickets ?
    Maybe the ROH public only has eyes and ears for a couple of hyper over mediatized names (Kaufmann, Netrebko...) and is not looking much further ? And Chénier is not as popular a title as Tosca or Traviata either.
    Just saying...

  12. Mrs Ekaterina Needham responded on 1 June 2019 at 12:38pm Reply

    Went to see Andrea Chenier last night (31 May). I saw this beautiful production in 2015 and was waiting for a revival I was not disappointed. Radvanovsky and Platanias were superb. Public showed great enthusiasm and appreciation for the performance - lots of cheering at the curtain call. It is strange that there are some unsold tickets still. I do hope this production will have another revival soon.

  13. Terry responded on 1 June 2019 at 10:26pm Reply

    Agree superb revival. All 3 principals were on top form as was the ROH orchestra under Oren. Sheer verismo excitement throughout. ROH is on a good run, Forza, Billy Budd and now Chenier. Things are looking up since the appalling Queen of Spades production in January.

  14. Stephen Ratcliffe responded on 3 June 2019 at 5:49pm Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed Friday evening’s performance. Great singing from everyone. Thought conducting was a bit flaccid and would have liked a faster pace. Amazed at so many empty seats though.

  15. John Tagliabue responded on 4 June 2019 at 9:47am Reply

    Extraordinary..the singing, the costumes, the settings.. The audience rightly went wild at the conclusion of each piece by Roberto Alagna.. The soprano who substituted for Radvanovsky (did not catch name) was absolutely superb.

    • Ashley Armstrong responded on 5 June 2019 at 9:54am

      It was Saioa Hernández, and it was her debut at ROH. A remarkable performance. I believe it was also her debut at Dresden, from where she flew in Monday morning. She seemed to know the production, or maybe she was walked through it on arrival? Or she could have looked at the DVD? Anyway, I hope to see her back here soon.

  16. Ashley Armstrong responded on 4 June 2019 at 10:25am Reply

    Most unfortunate that Radvanovsky was ill and unable to perform last night (Monday June 3), but her replacement did spectacularly well, flying in from Dresden that morning!
    Alagna's tone I found brittle, a little thin and not altogether pleasing. Platanias was superb.
    A very enjoyable evening overall. Andrea Chenier was an opera I recall seeing on BBC2 in the mid-80s in a live broadcast, when they did that sort of thing quite regularly. May have been Domingo in the role? But since then it's been a favourite.
    Why no curtain call for the ROH Chorus last night?

  17. philip otto responded on 6 June 2019 at 3:54pm Reply

    I saw this on 3rd June and was a little disappointed with this production, most of the principals sang well although Alagna seemed to be struggling a little, but the acting seemed poor and unconvincing, also the music seemed to overwhelm the singers at times!

  18. Rudi Pham responded on 7 June 2019 at 3:01pm Reply

    Desapointing Chenier ..... .

    Alas can't match Kaufmann seen years ago,at ROH
    Radvanosky was good t so as Platanias.
    sadly R.Alagna shadow of the good tenor he was .
    voice do not last and one should stop if not at top ..



  19. peterstephen responded on 8 June 2019 at 2:02am Reply

    6th June 2019
    Thank you ROH! Glorious stage set and costumes. There were several prolonged rounds of applause during the production. Music top class as ever. No modern dress or modernist stage designs. An absolute delight (and relief) from a regular who was falling out of love with the way opera has been staged recently. Thank you David McVicar. More of the same please!

  20. ML responded on 9 June 2019 at 9:12am Reply

    Stunning performance on 28 May from all the cast - Alagna, Radvanosky and Platanias were outstanding. Excellent playing from the orchestra and gorgeous costumes and excellent production. One of the best opera evenings I've ever experienced - along with Pavarotti's Tosca, Carreras' Stiffelio, te Kanawa's Arabella, the Glyndebourne Midsummer Night's Dream, and the Met's Cosi fan tutte with Renee Fleming. Why isn't this opera being taken on tour instead of the lackluster production of Faust?

  21. Diana James responded on 10 June 2019 at 2:41pm Reply

    Wonderful. Classical, costumed spectacle. Music instantly accessible. Will come to see it again next time around. More like this, please.

  22. Cecile Pagot-Troussard responded on 10 June 2019 at 10:05pm Reply

    J’ai traversé la Manche pour « Andréa Chenier » et ça valait vraiment la peine : l'acoustique du Royal Opera House est un bonheur pour les voix, notamment celle de Roberto Alagna, parfait en Chénier : solaire, tout en maitrise (surtout sa diction et son phrasé, j’adore!) en nuances et en émotion : un uppercut qui se pose comme une plume...
    Également impressionnée par Sondra Radvanovsky qui incarne si bien Madeleine : la jeune fille insouciante du 1er acte, puis ensuite la femme écrasée par les horreurs de « la Terreur », avec naturel et élégance, sans en faire trop. Quelle grande voix! J’étais placée au premier étage et j’ai vu les spectateurs de l’orchestre reculer physiquement dans leur siège lors d’une projection...surnaturelle!
    Son « la Mamma morta », était parfait, tout en nuances et en retenue (malgré mes efforts je n’ai pas réussi à le faire bisser!).
    J’ai été subjuguée par leurs duos, tellement leurs puissances sont équilibrées et leurs voix en symbiose... un vrai bonheur!
    Dimitri Platanias ne dénote pas, il est du même acabit, un très bon Gérard, servi par une voix puissante, un jeu nuancé et une grande crédibilité.
    Et puis les « seconds rôles », l’orchestre, les décors, les costumes...
    En fait je ne suis pas me contente de la perfection! Bravo!

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