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. This 1977 recording stars Placido Domingo, Renata
Scotto and Sherrill Milnes. James Levine conducts.