Umberto Giordano's well-known four act opera Andrea Chénier was first performed at La Scala, Milan on 28 March 1896 with Giuseppe Borgatti in the title role. This is the most popular of Giordano's many operas.
Set in and around Paris, during the period 1789-1794, it is based loosely on the life of French poet Andrea Chénier, who was executed during the French Revolution. Successful interpreters of the role have included Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
According to Giuseppe Pennisi, it is difficult to say whether this work is a verismo opera or a grand opéra in the Po Valley style.
A selection of M&V articles about Andrea Chénier
Ensemble. Daily Puccini - Malcolm Miller enjoys an opera lollipop recital in the city of the composer's birth
Ensemble. A Sumptuous Production - La Scala revives 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed via live HD projection by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Back in Rome - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' returns to the Teatro dell'Opera after more than forty years, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Visually Stunning - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Great Occasion - The Derby Roundhouse debut as a concert hall, described by Mike Wheeler
DVD Spotlight. A Memorable Experience - 'Fedora', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'Giordano's wishes were admirably followed ...'