By Burton D. Fisher
Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, that includes central Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with song spotlight Examples, and a entire and insightful research and statement.
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A ndrea Chénier is arguably Giordano’s singular masterpiece, an opera about powerful human ideals and aspirations, that is expressed with music possessing potent lyricism and romantic passion, the reason for its everlasting appeal to audiences for over a century. Giordano endowed Illica’s poetically inspired text with music that never fails to arouse emotion or raise the temperature of its audience. Words communicate and provoke thought; music evokes feeling and emotion. In Andrea Chénier, composer and librettist succeed in providing sublime musical theater: a libretto that is saturated with nobility, and music that dutifully dramatizes its idealistic soul.
Gérard’s inner soul transforms from lechery, and he heroically vows to use all of his powers to save Chénier from the guillotine, the man he earlier falsely accused. ”) In Act I, Maddalena de Coigny is seen as a young aristocrat rebelling against society’s conventions: before the ball she refutes the ugly fashions she must wear. But in Act II, five years later, after the aristocracy’s fortunes were overturned by the Revolution, the ex-aristocrat has become a pathetic victim of the Revolution, fearing for her life, and seeking the assistance of Andrea Chénier.
Chénier’s exalted nobility evolves from his outspoken criticism of the Revolution, and in particular, the Reign of Terror, an hypocrisy and betrayal of ideals that ultimately led to his execution by the distorted injustice of the very Reign of Terror he condemned. His noble humanistic ideals are earnestly expressed in his first act aria, the “Improviso,” “Un di Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series Page 32 all’azzuro spazio,” the text abounding with poetic metaphors that are dramatized by a combination of sublime lyrical explosions and declamatory harangues, in which the idealistic poet challenges aristocratic hypocrisy and makes a fervent plea for human compassion.
Andrea Chenier (Opera Journeys Mini Guide) by Burton D. Fisher