Grand Opening: Andrea Chénier

Opera in Four Acts by Umberto Giordano

29/9, 1/10|Friday, Sunday|20:00     Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium    

A brilliant improvised verse by the patriotic poet Chénier ignites the flame of love in Maddalena, the beautiful daughter of the Contessa di Coigny. However, the tumultuous times of the French Revolution have put the enamoured pair to the test, when the reactionary poet flees from fierce prosecutors and the aristocrats are being hunted one after another. Will their love survive this era of unprecedented riots and raves?

A masterpiece by the Italian composer Umberto Giordano, Andrea Chénier is a passionate love story of conviction and sacrifice written in verismo style, or “realism”, the dominant artistic style of Italian operas of the time. Replete with torrential dramatic music, extreme emotionality and virtuosic arias against the breathtaking French Revolution backdrop, Andrea Chénier is one of the pinnacles of the period’s opera in history. Produced by the prestigious Teatro Regio Torino (Italy), this year’s Macao International Music Festival commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Giordano by presenting to you this epic ode to the beauty of life.

Conductor: Marco Guidarini
Director: Lamberto Puggelli
Revival Director: Vittorio Borrelli
Set Design: Paolo Bregni
Costume Design: Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting Design: Bruno Ciulli
Revival Lighting Design: Vlady Spigarolo
Macao Orchestra
Coro Lirico Siciliano
Production: Teatro Regio Torino

Characters and Cast:
Andrea Chénier: Carlo Ventre, Tenor
Carlo Gérard: Roberto Frontali, Baritone
Maddalena di Coigny: Csilla Boross, Soprano
Bersi: Giovanna Lanza, Mezzo-soprano
Contessa di Coigny / Madelon: Alessandra Palomba, Mezzo-soprano
The Incredibile / The Abbé: Giorgio Trucco, Tenor
Fléville / Fouquier-Tinville: Graziano Dallavalle, Bass-baritone 
Roucher: Luca Dall’Amico, Bass
Mathieu: Italo Proferisce, Baritone
Schmidt / Dumas: Šimon Svitok, Baritone

Duration: approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including two intervals
Performed in Italian, with surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English