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Giordano- Andrea Chenier (The Royal Opera)

Jonas Kaufmann,Eva-Maria Westbroeck,Zeljko Lucic,Roh,Antonio Pappano,David Mcvicar
DVD  |  Visual  |  09 Sep 2016
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Giordano's Andrea Chénier, first seen in Milan in 1896, is loosely based on the life of the poet and revolutionary André Chénier. Caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, in 1794 he faced the guillotine as one of Robespierre's last victims during the Reign of Terror. In the opera, Andrea falls in love with an aristocrat, Maddalena di Coigny; his rival for Maddalena's love is Carlo Gérard, a servant in the Coigny household who goes on to become a powerful revolutionary. Warner Classics releases the 2015 Covent Garden production of Giordano's verismo blockbuster on DVD. This "scrupulously researched and exquisitely realised production" (The Independent), directed by Sir David McVicar, is an operatic spectacle in the grand tradition, with a large cast, atmospheric decor, lavish costumes and expansive emotions. At the podium for Covent Garden's first production of the opera in 30 years, was Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House. The New York Times praised his interpretation of Giordano's gripping score as "dynamically alive to every possibility", adding that: "Like many a Pappano night at Covent Garden, it suggested a conductor in command of everything he undertakes, whatever period, style or provenance." The title role in Giordano's opera Andrea Chénier, an epic of the French Revolution, demands much of a star tenor. As might be expected, in his debut as Chénier, Jonas Kaufmann rose superbly to the challenge. The Financial Times, having likened Kaufmann to a portrait by the Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, said: "He has never sounded better...His dark tenor smoulders with the heat of a poet's unfulfilled ardour and his top notes ring out effortlessly." The role of Maddalena is taken by the rich-voiced and impassioned Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, a favourite at Covent Garden in works by Puccini and his contemporaries, while the emotionally conflicted Gérard is sung by the charismatic and vocally authoritative Serbian baritone Zeljko Lu?i?, who received "the biggest ovation" and "hit the bullseye" (The Telegraph) in "a beautifully sung, handsomely acted portrait of a revolutionary politician". (The Guardian.) The impressive supporting cast includes three powerful mezzo-sopranos: Denyce Graves, glamorous of presence and timbre as Maddalena's faithful maid Bersi; Rosalind Plowright (who, as a soprano in the 1980s, sang Maddalena to José Carreras' Chénier at the Royal Opera House) is the Contessa di Coigny, and the compelling Elena Zilio takes the role of old Madelon, who sends her grandson to fight for the Revolution. With all these crucial musical and scenic elements in place, this is just the kind of full-blooded performance that brings the sweeping drama of Andrea Chénier irresistibly to life. Ensemble: Major-Domo John CunninghamAn Old Gardener Gérard's Father Basil PattonMaddalena Di Coigny Eva-Maria WestbroekBersi Denyce GravesContessa Di Coigny Rosalind PlowrightPietro Fléville Peter Coleman-WrightFlando Fiorinelli Andrew CarterAndrea Chénier Jonas KaufmannThe Abbé Peter HoareMathieu Adrian ClarkeOrazio Coclite Michael Kenneth StewartThe Incredibile (An Incroyable) Carlo BosiRoucher Roland WoodMaximilien Robespierre Andrew HobdayMadelon Elena ZilioMadelon's Grandson Ed LynessFouquier-Tinville Eddie WadeDumas Yuriy YurchuGravier De Vergennes Basil PattonLaval-Montmorency Irene HardyIdia Legray Judith GeorgiSchmidt Jeremy White Antonio Pappano – conductorDavid McVicar– director Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseRoyal Opera ChorusRobert Jones - set designsJenny Tiramani - costume designsAdam Silverman - lighting designAndrew George - choreography and movement

Title: Giordano- Andrea Chenier (The Royal Opera)

Format: DVD

Release Date: 09 Sep 2016

Artist: Jonas Kaufmann,Eva-Maria Westbroeck,Zeljko Lucic,Roh,Antonio Pappano,David Mcvicar

Sku: 2317892

Catalogue No: 9029593796

Category: Visual

Disc Count: 1

Transfer Format: DVD

Video Format: Classical Music

Primary Audio: 9029593796

Language: 0190295937966

Subtitles: Warner Music

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