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Jan. 11 2014

01/18/14 – Eugene Onegin – 1:00pm

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Metropolitan Opera

Eugene Onegin by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettists Konstantin Shilovsky and Peter Tchaikovsky

Sung in Rissian
Approximate running time 3 hrs. 25 min.

eugene onegin_met14Marina Poplavskaya and Peter Mattei take on the roles of the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Deborah Warner’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance, which opened the Met season in September, directed by Fiona Shaw. Rolando Villazón is Lenski, Onegin’s friend-turned-rival, in his first performances on the Met stage since 2009. Russian maestro Alexander Vedernikov makes his company debut on the podium.
“The charismatic baritone Peter Mattei sounded lustrous as the title character, vividly conveying Onegin’s transformation from the aloof, coldhearted bachelor who patronizingly rejects Tatiana to the heartbroken man who realizes, too late, that he loves her.”

Marina Poplavskaya offered an “arresting portrayal” of Tatiana. “[S]he brought an intense vulnerability to the role…rendering her awkwardness and torment in the first act particularly acute.”

Rolando Villazón as Lenski “sang with confidence and poise… His impassioned delivery and heartfelt demeanor rendered his portrayal of the love-struck young poet entirely convincing.”

“Stefan Kocan sang with dignity and powerful low notes as Gremin, Tatiana’s husband. The supple-voiced mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova made a winning house debut as a flirtatious, lively Olga.”

Conductor Alexander Vedernikov led “a supple and passionate rendition of Tchaikovsky¹s gorgeous score.”

—New York Times

 

Cast/Crew

Eugene Onegin………..Mariusz Kwiecien
Tatiana……………..Anna Netrebko
Lensky………………Piotr Beczala
Olga………………..Oksana Volkova
Prince Gremin………..Alexei Tanovitski
Larina………………Elena Zaremba
Filippyevna………….Larissa Diadkova
Triquet……………..John Graham-Hall
Captain……………..David Crawford
Zaretsky…………….Richard Bernstein
Offstage voice……….David Lowe

Conductor……………Valery Gergiev

Production…………..Deborah Warner
Stage Director……….Fiona Shaw
Set Designer…………Tom Pye
Costume Designer……..Chloe Obolensky
Lighting Designer…….Jean Kalman
Video Designer……….Finn Ross
Video Designer……….Ian William Galloway
Choreographer………..Kim Brandstrup

Photo credits: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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