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What is the story about?
Andrea Chénier is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of turbulent real-life events of the French Revolution — a time when up became down, and Parisians never knew which day might be their last.
Andrea Chénier is a poet, brought up in the lap of luxury, but unhappy with the social inequality around him. He’s in love with Maddalena, a beautiful young aristocrat, but her family’s servant Gérard, who resents the privileged upper classes, also harbours a deep passion for her.
As the opera goes on, Gérard becomes an integral player in the French Revolution and uses his new power to condemn rival Chénier to death. Heartbroken, Maddalena pleads with him to change his mind and redeem Chénier. Gérard finds himself repulsed by his actions and disillusioned by the entire revolution, but are they in time to save Chénier’s life…?