Teatro Comunale Di Bologna, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Giancarlo Del Monaco (stage director)
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Set and Costume Design by GIANCARLO DEL MONACO
Arthaus presents Andrea Chenier, one of the important works of Italian verismo, in a realistic staging at the Teatro Communale di Bologna. With José Cura and Maria Guleghina in the lead roles, the production proved to be a visual and musical feast for opera lovers.
Umberto Giordano wrote his best-known work in 1896. It is based on the life of the French poet, André Chénier. The historical figure was born in Constantinople in 1762, the son of a French father and a Greek mother. In 1794, only a few days before Robespierre suffered the same fate, he was executed for his part in a prison uprising. He had been imprisoned for having visited the house of the painter and staunch royalist, the Marquis de Pastoret.
Initially he had espoused the ideals of the Revolution, but his attitude had changed as a result of the arbitrary rule that had led to the murder of Marat and to the beginning of the Reign of Terror.
Carlo Rizzi, highly-acclaimed conductor of the Italian repertoire with international standing, leads the ensemble through the score in an admirable Italian singer-conductor tradition.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES
Running Time: 123 mins
“Apart from its clarity, the biggest assets are the three leading singers...[Cura is] a generous performer who recognises very sensibly that the presence of other strong singers on stage will serve only to enhance his own performance...The beauty of Guleghina’s voice is apparent from her first entrance and she lives her part most convincingly”
“[Cura] is not always as refined as he can be, though his singing in the big numbers is powerful...[Guleghina] sings with tender beauty, though she grows unsteady under pressure...Very impressive among the lesser characters is Carlo Cigni as Roucher.”
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