5, 8, 11, 14 June, 2019
The performance lasts about 2 hours 50 minutes, including two intervals
Love and Death during the Revolution
Andrea Chénier is a wonderful verismo opera, a style which renovated Italian bel canto at the doors of the 20th century. It fictionalises the life of French poet André Chénier who lived between 1762 and 1794 and was accused of committing “crimes against the state” He was executed during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. Composer Umberto Giordano (1867–1948) wrote the music with a libretto by the great Luigi Illica, who also signed the texts for La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly. The beautiful score pays special attention to the tenor in the role of the poet with arias such as “Un di all´azzuro spazio” or the romanza “Come un bel di Maggio”. However, from the audience’s viewpoint, none of the tenor’s arias are as well-known or moving as the heart-rending and sorrowful music of the soprano in her “La mamma morta”.
The opera, in four acts, premiered in the Scala of Milan in 1896, catapulting the career of its tenor, Giuseppe Borgatti. The piece soon became a powerful way to show off the brilliant skills of legendary tenors including Gigli, Caruso, Corelli, Del Monaco, Domingo or Pavarotti, each of whom made Chénier a key role in their repertories.
Paul Henry Lang, who detects a parallel between the music of Giordano and Poulenc, maintains that “an impresario who does not stage Andrea Chénier is misleading his wallet”. Indeed, the opera is “a quality spectacle” which engages the public’s attention, thanks to its music and dramatic story line. “Giordano”, writes Lang, “had a great sense of theatre, he knew exactly what to eliminate and what would only work on paper”. This is considered his grand work, although he composed many other pieces. Fedora was premiered two years later, in 1898, but it is Andrea Chénier which has remained for posterity. The brilliance and imagination of the orchestration together with the tragic story grips spectators from beginning to end.
The story takes place in Paris during the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century. The pair of lovers: poet Chénier and aristocrat Maddalena de Coigny, along with the revolutionary leader Gérard, are brought together in a libretto that combines a passionate tragedy with intrigue and political upheaval. It concludes with the death of the lovers at the hands of Jacobin justice.
In dramatizing a tragic love story against a backdrop of an agitated historical time period, Andrea Chénier addresses social aspects of the Revolution and examines themes such as hatred, violence, civil war, resentment, class conflicts, love and romance, all of which took place in a revolution that devoured its participants. The violence and realism of the story makes one think of Tosca by Puccini, aside from the fact that both operas shared the same librettist.
Pedro Halffter Caro conducts the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra (ROSS) and the Chorus of the A. A. del Teatro de la Maestranza in a shared production from the Spanish Festival Castell de Peralada and the opera of Bilbao (ABAO). The excellent cast is led by South Korean tenor Alfred Kim -a regular at leading international opera houses-, who sang Aida in 2013 at the Teatro de la Maestranza; and the soprano from Navarra, Ainhoa Arteta, who first sang the role of Maddalena with great success in Oviedo in 2017. Acclaimed Andalusian baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez rounds out this star trio of voices.
EN TORNO A… Andrea Chénier
With Asociación Sevillana de Amigos de la Ópera (ASAO)
SALA DE PRENSA
4 June, 2019
Sala de prensa (Access via the theatre reception entrance)
Free of charge until complete capacity
5, 8, 11 y 14 June, 2019
WEEKDAYS WD (Sun. to Thu.)WEEKEND WE (Fri. and Sat.)
Stalls (Patio) WD 116€ / WE 125€
Balcony (1ª Balcón) WD 111€ / WE 120€
Balcony (2ª Balcón) WD 100€ / WE 107€
Terrace (1ª Terraza) WD 88€ / WE 95€
Terrace (2ª Terraza) WD 76€ / WE 82€
Slips (1ª Paraíso) WD 70€ / WE 76€
Slips (2ª Paraíso) WD 59€ / WE 63€
Slips (3ª Paraíso) WD 46€ / WE 50€
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