Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, the dream team of opera, continue their successful collaboration in a new production of Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. The superstars show how love triumphs over death in the shadow of a terrifying regime. In the opulent staging by film director Philipp Stölzl, Marco Armiliato conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester. “A sensational Anja Harteros brings the house down! Kaufmann is perfect for the role – full of vitality and radiance! World-class!” (BR Klassik)
Andrea Chénier, Giordano’s verista opera, sheds light on the turbulent times of the French Revolution and does not shy away from its dark side. Embedded in the grand historical panorama, which is presented to the viewer, are the personal destinies of the opera’s protagonists. Anja Harteros sings to the young aristocrat Maddalena di Coigny, “a role that seems to be tailored to her” (FAZ). When Maddalena loses everything in the uprising of the revolution and is in grave danger as an aristocrat, she asks for help from the young poet Andrea Chénier, who had impressed her with his criticism of the cruelty of the nobility. Chénier, played by Jonas Kaufmann, falls in love with her, but Carlo Gérard stops her and accuses her of high treason. George Petean is absolutely compelling in his rival role. Now a powerful member of the Revolutionary Court, Gérard had a crush on Maddalena from her time as a servant of the Coigny family. But when he offers himself in exchange for Chénier’s life, Gérard is moved by his willingness to sacrifice himself and tries everything to free Chénier. Despite their efforts, the poet’s execution is inevitable and in the face of death, Chénier and Maddalena declare their eternal love. Fierce and passionate, Harteros’ Maddalena is “a wonder” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) in this dizzying narrative.
With “tableaux vivants”, historical costumes, and scenic parallelism, stage director and designer Philipp Stölzl offers powerful film imagery that contrasts the upper classes of society and their lavish parties with the living conditions of his servants, who huddle together. in the basement. With the joint forces of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and the Bayerische Staatsoper Choir, conductor Marco Armiliato brings to life all the drama of revolutionary France.