The Armenian premiere of the concert performance of opera "Andrea Chenier"
Author: ANM Media
Published: Oct 09 2019, 19:23
The Armenian premiere of the concert performance of
opera "Andrea Chenier" by Umberto Giordano performed
at A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet Theatre of Armenia on the 7th of October.
The opera is l based on the life of the poet
Andre Chenier (1762-1794) - the French revolution activist who was executed during that period. His
works expressed sympathy for the royalist cause, however, placing him in danger
of arrest. After a period of mainly nocturnal excursions when he took refuge in
Versailles, he was arrested in error for the aristocrat being sought; and was
imprisoned at Luxembourg and later the prison, Saint-Lazare. In his last
days of power, Robespierre sentenced Chenier to death on a charge of conspiracy
and the sentence was fulfilled shortly thereafter. Chenier's best poems were
written during this period and inspired Luigi Illica to write the opera
Honored artist Hovhannes Ayvazyan (tenor) appeared as
the poet, while Davit Babayants (baritone) acted as Carlo Gerard. Siranush
Gasparyan performed as Maddalena di Coigny (soprano), Greta Bagiyan as La
Comtesse di Coigny (mezzo-soprano). Varsenik Avanyan, Hayk Tigranyan, Poghos
Beazbekyan, Hovhannes Andreasyan, Armen Badalyan, and Ashot Ghantarjyan also
performed in concert performance. The concert was held under the baton of Gianluca
Marciano from Italy.