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David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano’s passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution.
The premiere of Andrea Chénier at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896 propelled the young Umberto Giordano to the front rank of the up-and-coming group of young Italian composers that included Puccini and Mascagni. The libretto by Luigi Illica (Puccini’s collaborator for Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly) was inspired by the real-life Romantic poet André Chénier, who was guillotined just three days before Robespierre’s execution.
Andrea Chénier has become celebrated for the lyrical music it offers, there are thrilling moments for the whole cast, including Maddalena’s ardent aria ‘La mamma morta’, Gérard’s ‘Nemico della patria!’ and a host of dramatic duets and characterful ensembles. David McVicar (whose productions for The Royal Opera include Le nozze di Figaro, Faust and Die Zauberflöte) directs The Royal Opera’s new production, moving from the opulence of pre-Revolutionary France to the horrors of the Reign of Terror.
For more information and book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here
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