ANDREA CHÉNIER by Umberto Giordano
Portrayed on Broadway and in film, Les Miserables relates the horrific struggles of living during the 1830 French Revolution. Likewise, Giordano's opera relates the true story of André Marie Chénier, a French poet and victim of the perilous years of the first French Revolution. Known for his sensual, emotive poetry, he was guillotined for alleged "crimes against the state", just three days before the end of the Reign of Terror. Dramatic highlights include Maddalena's heartbreaking aria "La mamma morta" as heard in the popular film "Philadelphia" starring Tom Hanks, and Chénier's, "Improvviso", his passionate vision of France, all weaved into a conflict of love and jealousy. Philadelphians may also recall the Opera Company of Philadelphia premiere featuring Lando Bartolini and Diana Soviero directed by Bernard Uzan in 1997. Satisfying a void of almost three decades, COPA brings this truly verismo masterpiece to diverse audiences in four performances within the Delaware Valley.
In that tradition, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia presents this great masterpiece.
Conducted by Maestro Yoonhak Baek and Stage Directed by Brian Carter
Accompanied by the COPA Chamber Orchestra
Jesús Daniel Hernández - Tenor - Andréa Chenier
Christina Lamberti - Soprano - Maddalena
Daniel Oh - Baritone - Gérard
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Jesús Daniel Hernandez, Tenor - (Andrea Chénier)
Jesús Daniel Hernández was born and raised in Juarez Mexico, and moved with his family to El Paso, TX as a teenager. Hernández' formal musical training began with an invitation to join the prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera. This opportunity was offered to him directly by Maestro Domingo after a chance encounter with the Maestro in San Antonio, TX while Mr. Hernández was serving in the US Army.
After an honorable discharge in 2008 from his service in the US Army, Mr. Hernández moved to Washington, DC to pursue his dream of becoming an opera singer. Mr. Hernández has performed with The Washington National Opera in the productions of Lucrezia Borgia-G. Donizetti, La Traviata-G. Verdi (Young Artist Performance), Falstaff-G. Verdi (WNO Look-In), and in Hamlet-A. Thomas. Mr. Hernandez's other roles have included performances in Gianni Schicchi-G.Verdi, Rigoletto-G. Verdi, La Boheme-G. Puccini, The Merry Widow-F. Lehar, The Magic Flute-A. W. Mozart, and numerous Zarzuelas. In 2013 Mr. Hernández was nomitated for a DC Theatre Scene Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance of "Ricky" in Gianni Schicchi.
His experience includes concert performances for NEA Opera Honors ceremonies, the Horatio Awards at the United States Supreme Court, and numerous concerts in Europe. His upcoming roles and performances include Alfredo in La Traviata, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Canio in Il Pagliaccio, and festival performances in France, Italy and Hungary.
Mr. Hernández has been conducted on numerous occasions by Plácido Domingo and sang with Maestro Domingo in his "From My Latin Soul" concert in Washington, DC. It was said of this performance that Mr. Hernández and the other young tenor in the program, "already possess powerful voices, great diction and an exciting stage presence. When they sang with Mr. Domingo it seemed, if only for a moment, that the Three Tenors were in a process of rebirth."
Mr. Hernández is a favorite of American and European audiences. Said to possess a voice with a brilliant and beautiful tone, combined with his Latin flare and passion for music, the tenor delivers continually powerful, breath taking performances.
Christina Lamberti, Soprano - (Maddalena) Soprano Christina Lamberti has gained international attention with versatility of repertoire, gleaming tone, and soulful presence. She most recently performed the soprano solo in Verdi's Requiem with the Annapolis Chorale where she displayed "Her rich tone and skilled control of the demands of the Requiem". Her upcoming engagements include Manon Lescaut in Atri, Italy for the 12/13 season. She has not only garnered attention from portrayals at notable companies such as San Francisco Opera and Singapore Lyric Opera, but has also had a long standing relationship with the innovative Theatre Regensburg in Germany where she sang numerous performances of the titles roles in Norma and in Manon Lescaut. She performed four major roles in repertory with astounding success and unprecedented ease. These operas and roles included Un Ballo in Maschera (Amelia), La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia), Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) and Otello (Desdemona). Before her Regensburg debut, she made her European debut as Vitellia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn, which was highly acclaimed by both the press and audiences alike. She opened the season at the Slovenian National theatre in Maribor premiering in La Callas (a tribute to Maria Callas). Ms. Lamberti has also covered Lisa in Pique Dame at San Francisco Opera, the Duchess of Parma in a new production of Busoni's Doktor Faust and Elettra in Idomeneo. After a concert of arias by Verdi, Puccini and Boito the American press proclaimed her as a "discovery" and "the Verdi soprano of the future."
Daniel Oh, Baritone - (Gérard) Baritone Daniel Oh is a native of Seoul, Korea with extensive performance credits across Europe, the Far East and Cuba, including The National Theater of Frankfurt, Germany; Daegu Opera House, Korea; Toyota City Hall, Japan; Sapporo Music Festival, Japan; Seoul Arts Center Opera House, Korea; Ostrava, National Theater, Czechoslovakia; The National Theater in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Sala Verdi, Milan, Italy; Cuba Havana Theater, Cuba, among others. Mr. Oh has been featured in the roles of Marcello (La Boheme), Tonio (Pagliacci), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Scarpia (Tosca), Jago (Otello), Escamillo (Carmen), Albert (Werther), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Johanann (Salome), Amonasro (Aida), Germont (La traviata) and title roles in Wozzeck and Rigoletto, as well as Gerard in Andrea Chenier, the role he revisits with ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia this season. His solo credits include Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Dvorak's Te Deum, Faure's Requiem et al, and recitals and featured artists concerts at Toyota City Concert Hall, Japan; St. Nicholas Dome, Prague, Czechoslovakia; Hamari Kyu Hall, Tokyo, Japan; Fraun Kirche, Bad Radkersburg, Austria; Coccia Theater, Novara Theater in Italy; National Theater in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Lichtenstein Palace, Martinu Hall, Prague; Cuba Havana Theater and Seoul Arts Center Opera House, Korea, among others. A recipient of nine First Prize Awards in International Competitions in Italy, Japan and Austria, he began his studies at Kyungpook National University, University of the Arts and went on to additional studies at Conservatorio di Roma Santa Cecilia, continued with Maestro Giuseppe Taddei, Maestra Enza Ferrari, and Inzoo Park through the Italian Association and Meifi Yasuda Japan Foundation, all on full scholarship.
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