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19 Jan - 19 Mar 2016

Umberto Giordano (1896)

New production

The dramatic plot of Andrea Chénier is inspired by the tragic story of the Romantic poet guillotined during the French Revolution. Giordano was a contemporary of Puccini and his most popular opera is a tragic and thrilling historical drama charting the love rivalry between the poet Chénier and the servant Gérard for the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the Revolution, Chénier offers her protection and provokes the revenge of the now-powerful Gérard.

Annabel Arden’s new production explores the chaos of revolution and examines the role of the artist in a time of social and political turmoil. Giordano’s stirring opera offers the tenor a leading and impressive role and is coloured with tunes associated with the French Revolution. This opera has always been warmly embraced by audiences for its open-hearted emotionalism and ardent dramatic lyricism. It is a truly passionate opera that is not to be missed!

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Supported by a generous gift from Terry and Liz Bramall

The Music

What the critics say

Andrea Chénier exerts irresistible visceral power...This is Opera North at its imaginative and resourceful best – a thrilling evening that richly deserved its enthusiastic reception.

The Telegraph - Full Review ›

...opera lovers should storm the barricades to see this comparative rarity revived with such verve.

The Times - Full Review ›

Sheer vocal opulence […] Rafael Rojas certainly seizes his opportunities as Chenier, a star part

The Stage - Full Review ›

Edge-of-the-seat thrilling [...] The entire show, showcasing Opera North’s superb chorus, is a triumph

Sunday Times - Full Review ›

Great singing and impeccably judged conducting

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Superbly sung [...] Tremendously enjoyable

The Observer - Full Review ›



  • Andrea Chénier Rafael Rojas
  • Carlo Gérard Robert Hayward
  • Maddalena de Coigny Annemarie Kremer
  • Bersi Anna Dennis
  • Contessa di Coigny/ Madelon Fiona Kimm
  • Roucher Phillip Rhodes
  • L’Abate/ an ‘Incroyable’ Daniel Norman
  • Mathieu Jeremy Peaker
  • Schmidt Ross McInroy
  • Dumas Garrick Forbes
  • Pietro Fléville / Fouquier-Tinville Dean Robinson
Creative Team
  • Conductor Oliver von Dohnányi
  • Director Annabel Arden
  • Set and Costume Designer Joanna Parker
  • Lighting Designer Peter Mumford
  • Video Designer Dick Straker
  • Sound Designer Pete Malkin
  • Movement Director Tim Claydon

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Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

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Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

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The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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100 Grey Street

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Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/

What you say

Comment from Alexander Jacoby


Alexander Jacoby said ago

I caught this in Newcastle last night, and thought it was terrific. I'd seen the starry Covent Garden production last year, and this seemed just as good - indeed, the staging impressed me more. I thought Rojas was to the manner born in the title role - a superb robust yet lyrical tenor - and Annemarie Kremer's Mamma morta was astonishing: startlingly quiet much of the time, grounded in a secure mezzo register but rising, with superb control, to soprano peaks, it offered, in this melodramatic context, a miraculously subtle flow of emotion. It was a shame that the Theatre Royal looked half empty! Anyone wondering if they should attend in Nottingham or Manchester: just go!

Comment from Janet Causton


Janet Causton said ago

My sister and eldest daughter took our 87yrs old dad last night for his birthday present to see Andrea Chenier and all of us left feeling totally drained .The performance was just brilliant well done Opera North you never fail to make our nights out memorable .

Comment from Bramleyman


Bramleyman said ago

Truly amazing experience. Did not know the opera before last night so attended a pre-show talk to get some background. Would advise anyone interested in opera to attend these talks. The singer (from the chorus) was absolutely brilliant and set the scene perfectly; enough information without spoiling the opera. The opera itself exceeded all expectations. ON always sets the bar high and I have never seen them fail, but this performance is by far the best staging I have seen from them. Everything was spot on, singing, staging, orchestra and dance. If you get a chance to see it you must go. It cannot be missed

Comment from Pat Uttley


Pat Uttley said ago

More than pleasantly surprised - this was the first time I'd seen/heard this opera! I was initially attracted by the revolutionary scenario, but amazed and moved by the tuneful music and brilliant leading cast as well as the high drama. Excellent production!

Comment from Helen Seymour


Helen Seymour said ago

It was a wonderful performance last night. For me the highlights were the thrilling partnership of the principals - and Gerard, the powerful staging and the ON orchestra. I saw Andrea Chernier last year at Covent Garden with Jonas Kaufmann and although he was fabulous, the production wasn't nearly as direct and visceral. As usual ON do so much more with so much less in terms of resources!

Comment from Thomas Nairn


Thomas Nairn said ago

Superb musicality and a joy to experience throughout. The duets were truly outstanding with Annemarie just shading it for me over Rafael. Gripping stuff from the outset, it will certainly take some beating; being more thrilling than a lot of the regular fare we enjoy at Opera North.

Comment from Eric Cheetham


Eric Cheetham said ago

Don't think I've enjoyed an opera so much for a long time. I would endorse all of Edward Royle's comments.

Comment from Edward Royle


Edward Royle said ago

This was an opera with which I was unfamiliar and so the programme (and the session on Revolution last week) helped, particularly with the leap from Act 1 (essentially a Prologue) to the main events 5 years later. The singing was very impressive - all the principals were outstanding with sufficient power and clarity to rise above the orchestra, and the chorus as usual gave excellent support. I liked the overall interpretation and setting, and the use of video projection was a good idea and worked well. My only serious criticism is of Act 1. It was not grand enough to set up the contrast between Ancien Regime decadent opulence and the raw radicalism of the Revolution. Where were the powdered wigs and knee breeches? These aristocrats were already dressed sans culottes and the Countess looked more like a Vivienne Westwood creation than a grande dame. The Act seemed caught between an ancien regime ball and a pre-revolutionary radical salon - perhaps more the latter except that the story required it to be the former.

Comment from Chris Edwards


Chris Edwards said ago

Last night's production was wonderful... the singing and the orchestra were amazing... the cello in 'la mamma morta' was fabulous... worth the ticket price on its own! The two great arias were amazing... Maddalena's 'La mamma morta' and Gérard’s 'Nemico della patria!’ and the opera includes a host of dramatic duets and wonderful tenor arias and the music is incredible. It was simply brilliant stuff... if you get the chance go and see it! You can listen to some of the great arias on the Opera North web-site! I will be going again!!

Comment from carrie


carrie said ago

What a wonderful evening, fantastic production, superb singing, (and how relevant! Sadly the British don't go in for revolutions...) I believe it's the best opera I've ever seen, captivating from the start, and bringing tears to my eyes on more than one occasion.

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