Greek National Opera to Present Revival of ‘Andrea Chénier’

By Afton Wooten

The Greek National Opera has announced the revival production of Umberto Giordano and Luigi Illica’s “Andrea Chénier.” The opera will be held from Jan. 29 -Feb. 13 in the Stavros Niarchos Hall.

The title role will be shared by tenors Marcelo Puente and Marcelo Álvarez, while sopranos Cellia Costea and Eva-Maria Westbroek  will play the role of Maddalena di  Coigny. Meanwhile, baritones Dimitri Platanias and Elchin Azizov will split the role of Carlo Gérard. Supporting roles will be sung by Marissia Papalexiou, Chrysanthi Spitadi, Julia Souglacou, Harris Andrianos, Dionysios Sourbis, Yanni Yannissis, Vagelis Maniatis, George Mattheakakis, Yannis Kalyvas, Christos Kechris, Dionisios Melogiannidis, Vagelis Maniatis, Marinos Tarnanas, and Dionysos Tsantinis.

The revival team includes direction by Ion Kessoulis, choreography by Stratos Papanousis, and lighting designed by Christos Tzigkas. Agathangelos Georgakatos is the chorus master and Philippe Auguin conducts.

The opera follows the life of French and Greek revolutionary and poet, Andrea Chénier (1762-94). The music explores the clash between social groups during the French Revolution and incorporates traditional songs and dances from the era.

This production is part of the 2021 bicentennial tribute of the Greek Revolution and is funded by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.