eugène onéguine

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski

Opéra Bastille - from 16 May to 14 June 2017

Eugène Onéguine

Opera in three acts a,d seven scenes (1879)

Music
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski
Libretto
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski
Constantin S. Chilovski

After Alexandre Pouchkine

In Russian

Conductor
Edward Gardner
Director
Willy Decker
Madame Larina
Elena Zaremba
Tatiana
Anna Netrebko
Nicole Car
Olga
Varduhi Abrahamyan
Filipievna
Hanna Schwarz
Eugène Onéguine
Peter Mattei
Lenski
Pavel Černoch
Le Prince Grémine
Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Monsieur Triquet
Raúl Giménez
Zaretski
Vadim Artamonov
Le Lieutenant
Olivier Ayault
Solo Ténor
Gregorz Staskiewicz
Set design
Wolfgang Gussmann
Costume design
Wolfgang Gussmann
Lighting design
Hans Toelstede
Choreography
Athol Farmer
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles

Audio-description on 3,11, 14 june 2017

Diffusion sur France Musique ultérieurement.

about


"And happiness was so close…"  

Alexandre Pouchkine, Eugène Onéguine


In November 1836, irritated by the French lieutenant Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès’ importunate attentions towards his wife, the beautiful Natalia Nicolaïevna Gontcharova, Alexander Pushkin challenged his rival to a duel. Beneath a snow-laden sky on the evening of February 8th 1837, the Russian poet, at the height of his glory, was hit by a bullet, costing him his life. Curiously, the same scene had been related in his verse novel, Eugene Onegin, published six years earlier. Inspired by this masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair. A repertoire classic, Willy Decker’s streamlined production makes the Paris Opera echo once more to the strains of Russian romantic music. Edward Gardner conducts an exceptional cast including Peter Mattei in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana.

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