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A triple triumph,
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This review is from: Giordano: Andrea Chenier - Royal Opera House/Rudel [DVD]   (DVD)
It is rare to find three singers of this calibre in the opera house today and the 1985 ROH production is a reminder of how fortunate we once were. Domingo, thrillingly heroic as the idealistic poet Chenier, the voice and virile presence unmistakable; Anna Tomowa-Sintow (perhaps not quite the girlish Maddalena one might expect) adding to the frisson with some lovely singing; and last, but not least, Giorgio Zancanaro as Gerard, the revolutionary with a conscience, sings with great conviction, especially in his big Act III aria.
The production is traditional, the stage business none too fussy and the conducting (Julius Rudel) is more than adequate, with plenty of passion and sweep when called for. Humphrey Burton's video direction is not too obtrusive (thank goodness) and technically the sound and picture are fine, if not quite up to the very best of modern recordings.
All in all a thrilling couple of hours of wonderful singing and a worthy addition to anyone's opera collection.