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An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful, melodic score in a lavish period production by acclaimed director David McVicar.
Music by Umberto Giordano | Libretto by Luigi Illica
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
The Revolution is real, vibrant, exciting and dangerous.
Yonghoon Lee made an impressive debut. Singing with big, muscular sound, his opening aria, ‘Un di all’azzurro spazio,’ came across with passionate emphasis.
The Mercury News
Anna Pirozzi rose to impressive heights with a fluent and eloquently shaped rendition of the great aria ‘La mamma morta.’
San Francisco Chronicle
George Gagnidze was compelling in an ultimately sympathetic role, and his big, rich voice flowed throughout the house, most effectively in his arresting Act 3 aria ‘Nemico della patria.’
San Francisco Examiner
Nicola Luisotti, conducting with his customary lushness and urgency, drew a sumptuous performance from the Orchestra.
Passionate, engaging...clarion-clear with a sweet timbre.
Under the shadow of the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror, a poet and a servant-turned-revolutionary compete for the affections of a young aristocrat.
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September 9, 14, 17, 22, 25, and 30, 2016
* San Francisco Opera Debut
A U.S. production premiere
A co-production with Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
Previous performances of Andrea Chénier can be found in our Archive.
Who was André Chénier? Author Jane Ganahl takes a look at the man that inspired the opera.
Go back in time with author William Doyle and learn about the events that led to the French Revolution.
Author Brian Kellow explores Giordano and Chénier’s success and criticisms over the years.
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September 28–October 15, 2016
November 5–December 6, 2016
November 6–December 4, 2016
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This production is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey. Major support is also provided by: John A. & Cynthia Fry Gunn; Barbara A. Wolfe; Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund and the Emerging Stars Fund; and Joan and David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund.
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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of Andrea Chénier/Cory Weaver