After the huge success of Aida, here is the spectacular new production from the Bregenz Festival 2011.
Girodano Umberto’s Andrea Chénier is set against the backdrop of the horrors of the French Revolution and tells the tragic tale of a doomed love affair involving the historical figure of the poet Andrea Chénier, who initially champions the Revolution but later turns against its leaders, before ending up on the scaffold.
Staged by Keith Warner who has worked at major opera houses including Bayreuth, Covent Garden, Vienna etc.
Stage designer David Fielding has worked at important opera houses and with bands including the Pet Shop Boys
“Giordano’s music is verismo of the very highest caliber and drives the high voltage plot forward with breathtaking speed.” Artistic director David Pountney
Total: 120 minutes
DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
“The picture's watery location both suits Bregenz's lake stage and gives Warner space to layer Illica's actions...hugely recommended - a fine mix of spectacle of spectacle and intelligent interpretation.”
“this unusual production’s pluses outweigh the minuses... the three principals have powerful and skilled voices. I was especially impressed by Hector Sandoval in the title role. He looks the part, acts naturally and sounds suitably heroic, especially in the showpiece final lovers’ duet”
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