Andrea Chénier in Concert


Andrea Chénier in Concert

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera HouseAugust 8 – 11, 2019

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Thu 8.8.19
7:00 PM
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Sun 11.8.19
1:00 PM
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The life and soul of the world is love!

Andrea Chénier is in danger of losing his head. As France cowers under the Reign of Terror, the poet is falling madly, passionately in love.

A gripping story based on true events unfolds swiftly in Giordano’s famous opera, beloved by audiences and performers for its magnificent arias, tender love story and dramatic music.

A poet, a philosopher and defender of the poor, Chénier believes in the ideals of his revolutionary brothers: Liberty! Equality! Fraternity! Now the revolution is over, but La Guillotine hasn’t lost her taste for blood. The revolutionaries, once so idealistic, are turning on their own to keep her fed.

Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann returns to Australia in one of his most celebrated roles. A concert performance of Andrea Chénier offers the perfect showcase for his “dark, liquid tone, which soars through the music with refined ease and intensity” (The Guardian). A stellar supporting cast includes Ludovic Tézier, one of the world’s greatest baritones, and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Chénier’s lover, Maddalena, who sings the heartbreaking ‘La mamma morta’.

Released from the orchestra pit, and onto the stage of the Concert Hall, you’ll hear the Opera Australia Orchestra in all their glory, led by renowned conductor Pinchas Steinberg, returning after his captivating Parsifal.

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Conductor Pinchas Steinberg

Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann
Maddalena Eva-Maria Westbroek

Carlo Gérard

Ludovic Tézier
Bersi Sian Sharp
Madelon Anna Dowsley
The Incredible Benjamin Rasheed
Roucher Richard Anderson
Mathieu Luke Gabbedy
Contessa di Coigny Dominica Matthews

The Abbé

Graeme Macfarlane
Fléville Christopher Hillier
Major-Domo/Dumas Jonathan Alley

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Alexander Hargreaves

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

Running time: approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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"The world's greatest tenor"

— The Telegraph (UK)
The StoryHide

As the French Revolution settles, the poet Andrea Chenier watches its leaders grow more and more oppressive.

Despite his wealthy upbringing, he speaks out on behalf of the poor, and attracts the attention of powerful revolutionaries.

But it is Chenier’s love for the aristocrat Maddalena that puts him most at risk. Her family’s servant, Gerard, is also in love with Maddalena, and he uses his power among the revolutionaries to take his rival down.

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