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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
Andrea Chénier is a verismo opera in four acts by the composer Umberto Giordano, set to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica. It was first performed on March 28, 1896 at La Scala, Milan. The opera's story 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 leading figure in the Revolution.
Andrea Chenier – Beniamino Gigli
Carlo Gerard – Gino Bechi
Maddalena – Maria Caniglia
La Contessa – Giulietta Simonato
La Scala Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Oliviero De Fabritiis – conductor
EMI – 1942 Original remastered recording
August 26, 2023