Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin from the Royal Opera House

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Onegin and Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana in Onegin Simon Keenlyside as Onegin and Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana in Onegin (© ROH / Bill Cooper 2013)

Just as the Metropolitan Opera debuts its new production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, this week's broadcast features a recent interpretation from the Royal Opera House in London.

The production, which marked Kasper Holten's directorial debut at the Royal Opera, places Tchaikovsky's "lyrical scenes" in a country-mansion setting. The story tells of a young Tatyana (Krassimira Stoyanova) and her awakening passion, her rejection by the aloof Onegin (Simon Keenlyside) and her ultimate choice of honor over true love. The effect is far more intimate in tone than the archetypal grand Russian opera.

Holten himself describes the opera as "full of poetry and melancholy, encapsulating the fragile and turbulent emotions of youth, self-realization and finally the yearning to go back and undo what cannot be undone."

Cast Details:

Diana Montague, mezzo-soprano, Larina, lady of the manor
Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano, Tatyana, her daughter
Elena Maximova, contralto, Olga, Tatyana's sister
Kathleen Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano, Filippyevna, a nurse
Pavol Breslik, tenor, Lensky
Simon Keenlyside, baritone, Eugene Onegin
Peter Rose, bass, Prince Gremin
Michel de Souza, bass, A Captain
Jihoon Kim, bass, Zaretsky
Christophe Mortagne, tenor, Triquet, a Frenchman

Royal Opera Chorus
Royal Opera Orchestra
Robin Ticciati, conductor

Watch a preview of the "letter scene" below:

Comments [3]

Ed Lubin

Sorry wrong again! It's the wet nurse! I need a program

Jan. 20 2014 10:23 AM
Ed Lubin

That's Miss Montague as Larina in the picture!

Jan. 20 2014 10:21 AM
George from 40th street

Stoyanova and Keenlyside were excellent and very believable as the two main protagonists. Breslin has a creamy lyric tenor which is extremely pleasing. I know he has sung at the Met but I wish he could spend more time here in the U.S....great sound! The orchestra was wonderful, as always. Very impressive performance.

Sep. 28 2013 07:02 PM

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