Andrea Chénier
Stavros Niarchos Hall
Andrea Chénier

Opera - Umberto Giordano

January 2021
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Philippe Auguin

Nikos Petropoulos

Revival director
Ion Kessoulis

Fausta Mazzucchelli

Choreography revival – Movement
Stratos Papanoussis

Lighting revival
Christos Tziogkas

Chorus master
Agathangelos Georgakatos 

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Andrea Chénier
Marcelo Álvarez
Carlo Gérard
Dimitri Platanias

Maddalena di Coigny
Maria Agresta

Marissia Papalexiou

La Contessa di Coigny
Ines Zikou

Julia Souglakou
Yanni Yannissis
Pietro Fléville / Schmidt
Vangelis Maniatis

George Mattheakakis

Kostis Rassidakis

An Incroyable
Christos Kechris
The Abbé
Nicholas Stefanou

Master of the household
Marinos Tarnanas

Konstantinos Mavrogenis

With the Orchestra and Chorus of the GNO

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Stavros Niarchos Hall


Andrea Chénier

Umberto Giordano
As part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution

Available Dates

  • 28, 31 Jan 2021

Opera • Revival

Greek National Opera – Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center



* Due to the restrictive measures against the pandemic, the performance dates refer to when the production will be recorded so as to be streamed on GNO TV. In case the restrictions are lifted by the end of January, the GNO will announce new performance dates with live audiences.

This production, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [].


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The life of the famous French poet André Chénier (1762-1794) was the subject of the most successful opera of Umberto Giordano – one of the most representative exponents of operatic verismo, and in particular of the Giovane Scuola. The opera was set to a libretto by Luigi Illica and premiered at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896, a century after the French Revolution. The French Revolution –whose ideas decisively affected the developments in Greece that gave rise to the 1821 Revolution– is also the period in which the action is set.

The hero who bears the name of the opera’s title was born in Istanbul to a French father and a Greek mother. We first meet him in 1789 in the Parisian aristocracy circles supporting the French Revolution and joining the revolutionary movement along with Gérard. Gérard (a role based in part on the French Revolution hero Jean-Lambert Tallien) turns from a servant of aristocrats into a leading figure of the Sans-culottes, namely the people from the lower strata of the bourgeoisie who were actively involved in the revolutionary political struggle (sans-culottes means “those without breeches” – because in contrast to the aristocrats who wore knee-breeches [culottes], they wore trousers). However, their love for the same woman turns the friendship between the two men into a rivalry. Three years later, when Chénier gets arrested as a conspirator against the Revolution for decrying the atrocities committed under the Reign of Terror, Gérard is the one who will prepare the indictment against him. Although he will later realize his mistake and try to set the poet free, his effort will be in vain, and Chénier will be led to the guillotine.

On the title page of the score we read: “Drama in a historical setting…”, and indeed, through his music, Giordano brings out not only the love element and passions of his heroes, but also the conflict between the rivaling social groups and the atmosphere of the era of the French Revolution: the gavotte –typical aristocratic dance– is contrasted with Ça ira, La Carmagnole and La Marseillaise.

The timeless values portrayed in the opera –the French Revolution motto for Liberty, Equality, Fraternity–, combined with the intense love and dramatic elements highlighted through Giordano’s enchanting music, is the reason why Andrea Chénier has been so appealing to opera audiences to this day.