Andrea Chénier is an opera in four acts by Umberto Giordano to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica, based on the life of the French poet André Chénier (1762-1794). First performance: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1896.
Andrea Chénier is fairly regularly shown, although it is now less frequently performed than in the first half of the 20th century. One reason the opera has remained popular is because of the magnificent music provided the tenor lead, which gives a talented singer many opportunities to showcase his skill. Franco Corelli was arguably the most famous interpreter of the part of Chénier during the last 50 years, but Plácido Domingo and José Carreras were also justifiably renowned for their performances of the role. There are several recordings available.