The real Andrea Chénier was one of the last victims of the Reign of Terror because of his controversial political beliefs. The opera’s Chénier was a victim of something much more visceral – jealousy. This Sept. 17, 2010, InsideOut of the Lunch Box explores the similarities and differences in the life of the poet and activist within history and fiction.
Jim Lovensheimer, assistant professor in music history and literature at Vanderbilt University, discusses the life and times of André Chénier, his initial support of the French Revolution, and how his own words were used against him in the end. John Hoomes discusses the Nashville Opera’s staging of this powerful work of art, including its beautiful music and special effects.
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