by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Director of The Royal Opera Kasper Holten provides a fresh reading of Tchaikovsky’s poignant opera.
Director of The Royal Opera, Kasper Holten, makes his directorial debut at Covent Garden with a new production of Tchaikovsky’s poignant opera.
When Tatyana is introduced to the dashing, unconventional Onegin, she believes that he is the hero of her dreams. But he carelessly rejects her – with tragic consequences.
Working with the Danish set designer Mia Stensgaard, whose hallmark is clean, strong images ripe with emotion, and fielding a brilliant cast - including Simon Keenlyside in the title role - Holten provides a fresh reading of this classic opera.
Sung in Russian with English subtitles.
The cast is led by two outstanding artists … In Stoyanova’s case, particularly, it is hard to conceive a voice more perfectly aligned with the needs of the role - she combines Slavic vocal firmness and heft with the purest lyricism ... In the pit, rising star Robin Ticciati conducts a dynamic, passionate musical performance.
Robin Ticciati’s conducting proved alert, responsive and engaged ... As Tatyana and Onegin, Krassimira Stoyanova and Simon Keenlyside sang with style, grandeur, ardour and every desirable quality except the freshness of youth. Meanwhile Pavol Breslik’s blonde bombshell of a Lensky stole the show.
Simon Keenlyside in the title role brings virility to the unpleasant, usually buttoned-up hero. You can see why the teenaged Tatyana might fall for him ... He sings with flexibility, expression and... a golden tone.
Eugene Onegin was staged and filmed live at the Royal Opera House in 2013 and is part of the Royal Opera House Collection.
Production photography ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013.
Contains moderate violence.
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