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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2012

The Bregenz Festival is well known for the use its lakeside productions make of gigantic sets and props—and this visually striking Andrea Chenier is no exception. The unexpected insertion of a couple of musical “interludes” by contemporary composer David Blake may jar with some viewers, but the production’s attractive and enthusiastic young principals will win over many more. © 2012 MusicWeb International



Paul Orgel
Fanfare, March 2012

Andrea Chénier’s success depends on the abilities of the three principals to deliver the five or six arias that contain its best music. The singing here is quite good…[Héctor Sandoval’s] evenly produced tone is a pleasure to hear…As Maddalena, Norma Fantini’s voice has a lovely, warm spinto quality that’s perfect in the first act…The best of the principals is Scott Hendricks as Gérard. He has a bright, agile baritone and better acting skills…The energetic, detailed orchestral performance led by Ulf Schirmer is a definite plus, and the choral work is very fine.

If you are interested in Andrea Chénier as an unconventional, entertaining spectacle, the Unitel DVD is the best choice… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, January 2012

hugely recommended—a fine mix of spectacle and intelligent interpretation. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Paul Turok
Turok’s Choice, October 2011

Giordano’s Andrea Chénier was well performed at the Bregenz Festival in 2011…Hector Sandoval (Chénier), Scott Hendricks (Carlo Gérard), Norma Fantini (Mme De Coigny) and Rosalind Plowright (La Contessa di Coigny) round out the cast. All sing wonderfully. The Vienna Symphony is conducted by Ulf Schirmer and the Festival Chorus is fine. Keith Warner’s production…is steadily effective. Good video and fine sound… © 2011 Turok’s Choice Read complete review






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