M1500 .G49 A5 2005 DVD
Opera in four acts. Composer Umberto Giordan; Libretto Luigi Ilica.
Political intrigue during the French Revolution and the fate of a woman desired by two men are the local points of Giordano's gripping drama Andrea Chénier. Plácido Domingo sings the title role with great passion and tenderness in this acclaimed 1981 Vienna State Opera production; Gabriela Benacková portrays the hero's beloved Maddalena.
"By depicting the little human tragedies (director Otto Schenk and his team) evoke the ordinariness and helplessness of those who are caught up in the whirl of events." (Die Welt)
Performers: Gabriela Benacková, soprano; Plácido Domingo, tenor; Piero Cappuccilli, baritone; supporting soloists; Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper; Nello Santi, conductor.
Sung in Italian; subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
Distributed by Deutsche Grammophon (www.deutschegrammophon.com).