Composer: Umberto Giordano

Company: Opera North

Director: Annabel Arden

Set and costume design and video content: Joanna Parker

Video and projection design: Dick Straker

Lighting design: Peter Mumford

Sound design: Peter Malkin

Design associate: Ana Sofia Londono

Photography: Robert Workman, Dick Straker & Peter Mumford

Poetry translated by Stephen Romer

Production directed by Annabel Arden.




The actual poetry of Andrea Chenier had never been translated into English. This became the stimulus for aspects of the video and sound world that existed with the music by Giordano. Reading and projection of the poetry prefigures the playing of the orchestral score in the live performance; introducing the audience to the real existence of the writer who was executed during the French Revolution. The video animation evolved collaboratively from paintings of the poetry and from filming paint thrown, dripped and written onto perspex surfaces.