Sydney, Opera House, Andrea Chénier – Jonas Kaufmann, August 2019
Andrea Chénier – Umberto Giordano
Hear the world’s greatest tenor, Jonas Kaufmann in this concert performance (no sets or costumes) of a passionate French Revolution love story. Jonas Kaufmann performs in this passionate French Revolution love story, alongside a stellar cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek and Ludovic Tézier.
Thursday 8 August 2019 at 7.00pm – Sunday 11 August 2019 at 1.00pm
Jonas Kaufmann on the challenges of performing in Andrea Chenier
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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 Umberto Giordano’s famous opera, beloved by audiences and performers for its magnificent arias, tender love story and dramatic music.
A poet, philosopher and defender ofthe poor, Andrea 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..
Presented by Opera Australia
Set in the social-political upheaval of the French Revolution, Andrea Chénier is a passionate tale about romance, liberty, and the high cost of both. Based on the real life story of poet and philosopher Andrea Chénier, it received 20 curtain calls and rave reviews when first performed in Milan in 1896. Despite this, Andrea Chenier has become a rarity in the 21stcentury, along with much of Giordano’s operas, and is therefore a not-to-be-missed event for opera lovers.
Andrea Chénier Jonas Kaufmann; Maddalena Eva-Maria Westbroek; Carlo Gérard Ludovic Tézier; Bersi Sian Pendry; Madelon Anna Dowsley; The Incredibile Benjamin Rasheed; Roucher Richard Anderson; Mathieu Luke Gabbedy; Contessa di Coigny Dominica Matthews; The Abbé Graeme Macfarlane; Fléville Christopher Hillier; Fouquier-Tinville / Schmidt Alexander Hargreaves; Major-Domo/Dumas Jonathan Alley
Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra
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