Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

08 January 1955 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Mario del Monaco (Andrea Chénier), Aldo Protti (Carlo Gérard), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny), Silvana Zanolli (La mulatta Bersi), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny), Lucia Danieli (Madelon)

Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

While Puccini’s Tosca became closely identified with Callas, she appeared only rarely in other post-Verdi operas once she had risen to fame. She learned the role of Maddalena in Andrea Chénier at short notice for a production at La Scala: Verdi’s Il trovatore had been planned, but the star tenor Mario del Monaco engineered a change to Giordano’s red-blooded drama of the French revolution. This recording captures the thrill of a first night at Italy’s most famous opera house, and Callas traces her character’s development – from a spoiled young aristocrat to a self-sacrificing woman in love – in gripping and moving detail.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584456

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier


Plácido Domingo (Andrea Chénier), Renata Scotto (Madeleine di Coigny), Sherrill Milnes (Carlo Gérard), Maria Ewing (Bersi), Jean Kraft (La Contessa di Coigny), Gwendolyn Killebrew (Madelon), Allan Monk (Roucher)

John Alldis Choir & National Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine

CD includes a booklet with a three-language synopsis (English/French/German), full cast list and detailed track list.

“The reigning triumvirate of the whole [Sony Opera House] series, the Scotto-Domingo-Milnes axis under Levine, is represented here by one of their greatest achievements...The final scene in which the poet and his lover face the guillotine with all guns blazing will have you on the edge of your seat. Surely this is unsurpassable.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 *****

RCA - The Sony Opera House - 88697576152

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier


Franco Corelli (Andrea Chénier), Renata Tebaldi (Madeleine di Coigny), Ettore Bastianini (Carlo Gérard), Margarethe Sjöstedt (Bersi), Elisabeth Höngen (La Contessa di Coigny), Hilde Konetzni (Madelon), Edmund Hurshell (Roucher)

Wiener Staatsoper, Lovro von Matacic

Live, 1960

Opera dOro Grand Tier - OPD7012

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier


Mario Del Monaco (Andrea Chénier), Aldo Protti (Carlo Gérard), Renata Tebaldi (Maddalena di Coigny), Anna Di Stasio (Bersi), Amalia Pini (La Contessa di Coigny), Amalia Pini (Madelon), Silvano Pagliuca (Roucher)

NHK Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Franco Capuana

Opera dOro - OPD1199

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier


Franco Corelli (Andrea Chénier), Renata Tebaldi (Madeleine di Coigny), Ettore Bastianini (Carlo Gérard), Elisabeth Höngen (La Contessa di Coigny), Margarethe Sjöstedt (Bersi)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper, Lovro von Matacic

Opera dOro - OPD1303

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier


Mario Del Monaco (Andrea Chénier), Maria Callas (Maddalena di Coigny), Aldo Protti (Carlo Gérard), Silvana Zanolli (Bersi), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny), Lucia Danieli (Madelon), Enrico Campi (Roucher)

Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

Opera dOro - OPD1330

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live Recording from The Teatro Comunale Di Bologna, 2006


José Cura (Andrea Chénier), Maria Guleghina (Maddalena di Coigny), Carlo Guelfi (Carlo Gérard), Giacinta Nicotra (La mulatta Bersi), Carlo Cigni (Roucher)

Teatro Comunale Di Bologna, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Giancarlo Del Monaco (stage director)

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

FSK: 0

“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” MusicWeb International, June 2012

“[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.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Arthaus Musik - 107287

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier


Luciano Pavarotti (Andrea Chénier), Maria Guleghina (Maddalena di Coigny), Juan Pons (Carlo Gérard), Wendy White (Bersi), Judith Christin (La Contessa di Coigny), Stephanie Blythe (Madelon)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine

This Dino Yannopoulos-directed production ran at the Metropolitan Opera at irregular intervals until 1977, with the title role attracting the likes of Carlo Bergonzi, Franco Corelli, and Plácido Domingo. Maddalena would be sung by Renata Tebaldi, Martina Arroyo, and Eileen Farrell; Gérard by Robert Merrill and Ettore Bastianini; and Fausto Cleva, Lamberto Gardelli, and James Levine presided in the pit.

Levine again conducted when Nicolas Joël’s production premiered in April 1996 with Luciano Pavarotti in the title role, opposite Aprile Millo and Juan Pons. This DVD captures a telecast from the following season, with Pavarotti and Pons reprising their portrayals and Maria Guleghina as Maddalena.

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Decca - 0743421

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