Giordano's Andrea Chénier

Lamberto Puggelli (stage director), Riccardo Chailly (conductor) – With José Carreras (Andrea Chénier), Eva Marton (Maddalena di Coigny)...

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Lamberto Puggelli — Stage director

Paolo Bregni — Stage sets

Luisa Spinatelli — Costumes

Anna Maria Prina — Choreographer

José Carreras — Andrea Chénier

Eva Marton — Maddalena di Coigny

Piero Cappuccilli — Carlo Gérard

Silvana Mazzieri — Bersi

Nella Verri — Contessa di Coigny

Franco Federici — Roucher

Silvestro Sammaritano — Mathieu

Rosa Laghezza — Madelon

Giuseppe Riva — Fléville

Carlo Gaifa — Abbé

Sergio Fontana — Gaoler

Giuseppe Zecchillo — Footman

Ivan Del Manto — Dumas

Program notes

In Giordano’s most celebrated opera, Andrea Chénier, the French Revolution arrives on stage at Milan's La Scala! This elaborate 1985 production stars the legendary José Carreras as the titular tragic poet, accompanied by the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala under the baton of the inimitable Maestro Riccardo Chailly.

One of the great composers of the verismo movement in opera, Umberto Giordano explores the struggles of ordinary people placed in desperate circumstances with this work premiered at La Scala in 1896. The opera's plot follows Andrea Chénier, an idealistic poet, Maddalena di Coigny, a young noble lady, and Gérard, servant-turned-revolutionary, whose lives are upended by the French Revolution, and who find themselves caught in a love triangle. With a beautifully realistic period staging, a first-rate cast, and an exquisite orchestra under Chailly’s leadership, Lamberto Puggelli’s 1985 production transports us to the heart of this tragic tale.  


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