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Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s music director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by the Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian


  • Carlo Gérard: Željko Lučić
  • Major-Domo: John Cunningham
  • An Old Gardener, Gérard’s Father: Basil Patton
  • Maddalena Di Coigny: Eva-Maria Westbroek
  • Bersi: Denyce Graves
  • Contessa Di Coigny: Rosalind Plowright
  • Pietro Fléville: Peter Coleman-Wright
  • Flando Fiorinelli: Andrew Carter
  • Andrea Chénier: Jonas Kaufmann
  • The Abbé: Peter Hoare
  • Mathieu: Adrian Clarke
  • Orazio Coclite: Michael Kenneth Stewart
  • The Incredibile (An Incroyable): Carlo Bosi
  • Roucher: Roland Wood
  • Maximilien Robespierre: Andrew Hobday
  • Madelon: Elena Zilio
  • Madelon’s Grandson: Ed Lyness
  • Fouquier-Tinville: Eddie Wade
  • Dumas: Yuriy Yurchu
  • Gravier De Vergennes: Basil Patton
  • Laval-Montmorency: Irene Hardy
  • Idia Legray: Judith Georgi
  • Schmidt: Jeremy White


Stage director: David McVicar

Set designs: Robert Jones

Costume designs: Jenny Tiramani

Lighting design: Adam Silverman

Choreography & movement: Andrew George


Duration: 129 min. approx. + bonus interview

Languages: Sung in Italian, with subtitles available in English, German, Italian, Spanish, French

Audio specs: Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

NTSC – All regions – 16:9

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