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.
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