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Saturday, February 1, 2014 Permalink

At The Opera, Giordano: Andrea Chenier, February 1, 2014

  

Andrea Chénier is a verismo opera in four acts by the composer Umberto Giordano, set to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica. It is based loosely on the life of the French poet, André Chénier (1762-1794), who was executed during the French Revolution. The character Carlo Gérard is partly based on Jean-Lambert Tallien, a leader of the Revolution.

Andrea Chénier remains popular with audiences, though it is now less frequently performed than it was during the first half of the 20th Century. One reason that the opera has stayed in the repertoire is due to the magnificent lyric-dramatic music provided by Giordano for the tenor lead, which gives a talented singer many opportunities to demonstrate his histrionic skill and flaunt his voice.  This 1977 recording stars Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto and Sherrill Milnes. James Levine conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chenier BUY Philhamonia; James Levine, conductor
10:00pm
10:30pm
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavlier Highlights BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Silvio Varviso, conductor
Polygram Records 4527302
11:00pm
11:32pm
Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Act 3: Tornami A Dir Che M'ami - Toti Dal Monte/Tito Schipa BUY from All-Time Great Opera Duets: 1911-1942; composed by Donizetti
11:36pm
Verdi: Rigoletto: Act 3: Piangi Piangi, Fanciulla - BUY from All-Time Great Opera Duets: 1911-1942; composed by Verdi
11:41pm
Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme: Act 4: In Un Coupe?...O Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni - BUY from All-Time Great Opera Duets: 1911-1942; composed by Giacomo Puccini
11:45pm
Ruggerio Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera: Act I: Vesti la giubba BUY Enrico Caruso
11:57pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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