Andrea Chénier
Opera

Andrea Chénier

Umberto Giordano
The National Theatre
Popular title
Famous draft
For the whole family
Traditional adaptation

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    December 2020

    Wednesday 2. 12.
    19:00

    Canceled
    Popular title
    Famous draft
    For the whole family

    Wednesday 9. 12.
    19:00

    Canceled

    Saturday 12. 12.
    19:00

    Canceled

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 30 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

    Language

    In Italian, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    May 5, 2016

    Owing to the torrential dramatic music, as well as the atmosphere of the story set in the time of the French Revolution, Andrea Chénier is one of the pinnacles of the world’s opera. Its style is markedly Italian, with its sound colour akin to that of Puccini and Verdi. Giordano’s opera depicts the drama of a love triangle, featuring the aristocrat Maddalena, the revolutionary Gérard and the poet Chénier. Yet love amidst a revolution is a dangerous matter indeed!

    Cast

    • 2020-2021

    Creatives

    Libretto
    Luigi Illica
    Musical preparation
    Petr Kofroň
    Stage director
    Michal Dočekal
    Chorus master
    Martin Buchta
    Dramaturgy
    Ondřej Hučín

    About

    The National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra 

    A gem of Italian verismo opera, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier was presented at the National Theatre in Prague in 1897, a mere year after its world premiere at La Scala in Milan, and three months following its first performance in Hamburg, conducted by Gustav Mahler. Yet since that time it has not been seen on our stage.

    Owing to the torrential dramatic music and extreme emotionality, as well as the atmosphere of the story set in the time of the French Revolution, it is one of the pinnacles of the period’s opera. The style of Andrea Chénier is markedly Italian, with its sound colour and melody akin to that of Puccini and the forcibility of the crowd scenes reminiscent of Verdi’s late operas. Also bearing witness to its being close to Puccini is the librettist, Luigi Illica, the author of the texts for La bohéme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, who adapted for Giordano the story of the French poet André Chénier, one of the last victims of Robespierre’s Reign of Terror in 1793 and 1794.

    Giordano’s opera depicts the drama of a love triangle, featuring the young aristocrat Maddalena, the servant Gérard and the poet Chénier. As a result of the revolutionary events, the initially innocent flirtation turns into a desperate and wild passion – the persecuted Maddalena writes secret love letters to Chénier; Gérard, who has become a major representative of the Jacobin regime, abuses his power for his personal interest in Maddalena; while the dreamer Chénier, the omnipresent Terror notwithstanding, keeps believing in liberty, inspiration and love. Yet love amidst a revolution is a dangerous matter indeed. The production is conducted by Petr Kofroň, and directed by Michal Dočekal.

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