Giordano - Andrea Chénier (Riccardo Chailly, José Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli) [2006 / 1985]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.73 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Kultur | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese | +3% Recovery | 127 min
Andrea Chénier is a verismo opera in four acts by the composer Umberto Giordano, set to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica. It is based loosely on the life of the French poet, André Chénier (1762-1794), who was executed during the French Revolution.
Andrea Chénier remains popular with audiences, though it is now less frequently performed than it was during the first half of the 20th Century. One reason that the opera has stayed in the repertoire is due to the magnificent lyric-dramatic music provided by Giordano for the tenor lead, which gives a talented singer many opportunities to demonstrate his histrionic skill and flaunt his voice. Indeed, Giuseppe Borgatti's triumph in the title part at the first performance immediately propelled him to the front rank of Italian opera singers. Borgatti went on to become Italy's greatest Wagnerian tenor rather than a verismo-opera specialist.