By Burton D. Fisher
Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, that includes crucial Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with tune spotlight Examples, and a accomplished and insightful research and observation.
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He is a survivor, caught in the satanic waves of the Revolution; he has become transformed into lechery and sacrificed his morality, pride and noble convictions. Revenge was the engine that drove Gérard’s tortured soul. He lusts for Maddalena de Coigny, the aristocrat he served, but who was unattainable. As a leader of the Revolution, he has sent the secret police to find her (the spy, the Incredibile); power now belongs to the formerly powerless. Maddalena indeed comes to Gérard and confronts him with an appeal to save her beloved Chénier.
At the very beginning of the first act, Gérard speaks of the impoverished underclasses of society, which provides a prelude to the class warfare that is about to erupt in the Revolution. He speaks like Beaumarchais’s Figaro, cursing his destiny and the accident of his birth, his words, a manifesto of rebellion, in which he deplores the victims of poverty and social injustices, and scornfully condemns the wealthy aristocracy in a malicious and explosive tirade of hatred; his condemnation of his masters is a forecast of the revenge that was underlying so much of the bloodshed that occurred during the Reign of Terror.
A lthough Andrea Chénier is the title character of the opera, Carlo Gérard is its hero, the former de Coigny servant who becomes an impassioned revolutionary, who seethes with revenge against his former masters, and becomes a leader of the Revolution who participates in the duplicity and injustices of the Terror. But by the end of the tragedy, Gérard’s soul transforms into nobility: his true humanity transcends the hypocrisy of the Revolution. At the very beginning of the first act, Gérard speaks of the impoverished underclasses of society, which provides a prelude to the class warfare that is about to erupt in the Revolution.
Andrea Chenier (Opera Journeys Mini Guide) by Burton D. Fisher