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10 Dec 2009

Andrea Chénier, Paris Opera (Bastille), Paris

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/dc859ede-e5aa-11de-b5d7-00144feab49a.html

By Francis Carlin [Financial Times, 10 December 2009]

Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1896), like Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur (1902), is a second-division opera that with the right, sophisticated treatment can sweep even cynics off their feet. The Paris Opera managed it handsomely for the Cilea in 1993 when Jean-Luc Boutté promoted the work to the operatic premier league by tempering the music’s verismo accents with fine acting and simple, elegant sets.

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