About Andrea Chenier
Umberto Giordano’s 1896 verismo opera tells the tale of a doomed love affair between an idealistic poet and a beautiful aristocrat caught in the turmoil of the French Revolution. The part of Chenier, known for its thrilling arias, will be sung by Marcelo Álvarez. He is reunited here with Patricia Racette after the memorable appearance they made together in Il Trovatore. The opera’s famed duets promise to be particularly heart-wrenching in this production.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, early on attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso, and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Not yet announced
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions, and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels, and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
Giordano was so poor while he was writing Chenier that he had to rent a room in a funeral parlor, and created his most famous work surrounded by the trappings of mortality.
All operas at the Met are sung in their original languages, with rare exceptions, but that policy hasn’t always been in place. In the earliest days, everything was sung in Italian; then for a while the language of choice was German, before the institution settled on the current approach.
If you love melodrama, revolutionary fervor, and ill-fated love set to glorious music with no holds barred, this one is for you.
Good for kids?
This complicated opera may not be enjoyable for young children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center