The National Opera of Greece will present ANDREA CHENIER by Umberto Giordano, from January 29 to February 13


The National Opera of Greece will open in 2022 with four performances of Umberto Giordano‘s Andrea Chénier from January 29 to February 13 in the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The revival will be directed by Philippe Auguin with staging, sets and costumes by Nikos Petropoulos. Sharing the three lead roles, internationally renowned tenor soloists Marcelo Puente and Marcelo Álvarez, sopranos Cellia Costea and Eva-Maria Westbroek, and baritones Dimitri Platanias and Elchin Azizov. The production, which is part of a tribute to the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution in 2021, is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [].

The life and story of French revolutionary and poet Andrea Chénier (1762-1794), of Greek descent on his mother’s side, is told through the opera which celebrates the ideals of the French Revolution which also inspired the Revolution Greek a few years later.

The production by Greek director and scenographer Nikos Petropoulos premiered in 2000 and the revival is directed by choreographer Ion Kessoulis with sets and costumes reflecting the historical period in which the work takes place. Musically and theatrically, both composer and librettist (Luigi Illica) focus their attention on private and emotional elements, emphasizing that matters such as love and death are not tempered by larger social and political circumstances. The title page of the score reads “A historical drama” and, through his music, Giordano extends beyond the passions of its protagonists to encompass the clash between rival social groups within the framework of the French Revolution, making reference to popular songs and dances of the day. including the gavotte (a typical dance of the aristocracy), the revolutionary anthem Ça ira, La Caramagnole and the French national anthem La Marseillaise.

A cast of six internationally renowned singers will share the three main roles of Andrea Chénier, Carlo Gérard and Maddalena di Coigny:

Tenor Marcelo Puente – who performs the title role on January 29 and February 13 – has carved out an impressive career with appearances in leading roles in the world’s greatest opera houses. He first came to international attention in the role of Pinkerton, performed to great acclaim at the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of Antonio Pappano. Beyond London, he has also performed at the Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala Milan, opera houses in Hamburg, Brussels, Toronto, Prague and Zurich, and elsewhere. On February 6 and 10, Marcelo Álvarez will take over as Chénier. Mr. Alvarez has sung on major international stages such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra national de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, La Scala in Milan and elsewhere. . His repertoire includes famous roles spanning everything from Bel Canto to French operas and works of verismo. He has worked with illustrious conductors and his discography includes over 30 recordings with companies such as Sony and Decca.

First Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias will sing the role of Gérard on February 6, 10 and 13, a role he sang to great acclaim at the Royal Opera House in London two years ago. Gérard will be played by Azerbaijani baritone Elchin Azizov, who made his artistic debut at the Bolshoi Theater and has appeared in productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York since 2015, on January 29.

Starring as Maddalena on Jan. 29 is the GNO’s world-renowned greatest soprano, Cellia Costea. Ms. Costea made her debut in the role to great acclaim in two major French opera houses – Opéra de Toulon and Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur – in 2019. She made her debut at the Greek National Opera in the role of Maddalena on February 6 and 10 and 13 is famous soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek. Ms. Westbroek has performed at major theaters and festivals around the world, from Bayreuth and Aix-en-Provence to the Met, London, Paris, Vienna, La Scala, Munich, Berlin and beyond, working with the greatest orchestras world, and appearing in productions directed by illustrious directors.

The French conductor Philippe Auguin has collaborated for many years with renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Los Angeles Opera, Opera Australia, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the opera houses of Cologne, Stuttgart and Dresden. He is the former musical director of the Washington National Opera (2010-2018) and of the Orchester Philharmonique de Nice (2010-2016). He was artist-in-residence at the National Opera of Greece during the 2019-2020 season and conducted GNO productions of Tannhäuser, Nabucco, La sonnambula and Don Carlo.

Andrea Chenier
Umberto Giordano
January 29 & February 6, 10, 13, 2022
Start: 7:30 p.m. (Sunday at 6:30 p.m.)
Greek National Opera – Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Director: Philippe Auguin
Realization – Sets – Costumes – Lights: Nikos Petropoulos
Revival Director: Ion Kessoulis
Choreographer: Fausta Mazzucchelli
Revival Choreographer – Movement Coach: Stratos Papanousis
Lighting Renaissance: Christos Tziogkas
Choirmaster: Agathangelos Georgakatos

Andrea Chenier: Marcelo Puente (1/29, 2/13) / Marcelo Alvarez (2/6, 2/10)
Carlo Gerard: Dimitri Platanias (2/6, 2/10, 2/13) / Elchin Azizov (1/29)
Madeleine de Coigny: Cellia Costea (1/29) / Eva-Maria Westbroek (2/6, 2/10, 2/13)
Bersi: Marissia Papalexiou
The Countess of Coigny: Chrysanthi Spitadi
Madelon: Julia Souglacou
Matthew: Harris Andrianos
Roucher: Dionysios Sourbis (1/29, 2/13) / Yanni Yannissis (2/6, 2/10)
Pietro Fleville: Vagelis Maniatis
Fouquier-Tinville: George Mattheakakis
Incredible: Yannis Kalyvas (1/29, 2/13) / Christos Kechris (2/6, 2/10)
The abate: Dionisios Melogiannidis
Schmidt: Vagelis Maniatis
The maestro of the house: Marinos Tarnanas
Dumas: Dionysus Tsantinis

With the GNO Orchestra and Chorus and members of the GNO Ballet

In the year 1789, we find Chénier supporting the Revolution within Parisian aristocratic circles and joining the revolutionary movement alongside Carlo Gérard, who went from servant of the aristocracy to one of the figureheads of the sans-culottes, common people. lower classes actively involved in the revolutionary political struggle (nicknamed sans-culottes – which literally translates to “without breeches” – since, unlike the aristocracy who wore silk breeches cut below the knee, they wore long trousers called pants). However, the love of these two men for the same women turns their friendship into rivalry. Three years later, when Chénier was arrested as a conspirator against the Revolution, Gérard wrote the charges against him. Although Gérard later realizes the error of his ways and tries to free the poet, his efforts are in vain and Chénier is led to the guillotine.

Ticket prices: €15, €20, €35, €40, €50, €55, €60, €90
Students, Children: €15 | Restricted view seats: €10

Advance reservations:

GNO Box Office at SNFCC (+30 213 088 5700, 09:00-21:00 daily)

Please note that, in accordance with Greek government guidelines, the GNO auditoriums at SNFCC are operating at 100% capacity and are only open to those who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 (all members of the public must present valid certificates proving their status, accompanied by an identity card or passport). Children aged 4 to 17 must present a valid Covid-19 vaccination or recovery certificate, or the negative result of a self-test carried out within the previous 24 hours.

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