Eugene Onegin


Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin opera to libretto by the composer and K. Shilovsky based on the verse novel by Alexander Pushkin. Directed 2011 by Mariusz Treliński at the Paleau De Les Arts Valencia. Stars Kristine Opolais, Lena Belkina, Artur Ruciňski, Dmitri Korchak, Günther Groissböck, Helene Schneiderman, Margarita Nekrasova, Emilio Sánchez, Aldo Heo, and Simon Lim. Omer Meir Wellber conducts the Orquestra and Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana. Choreography by Emil Wesolowski. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Update on 2013-07-02 by Henry McFadyen Jr.

Mike Ashmore in the July 2013 Gramophone at pages 88-89 say Opolais as Tatyana "is the stuff of dreams musically and acting-wise", but otherwise that the production "as filmed here is not in great shape either musically or dramatically." In particular, the director introduces a (mute, I take it) character of the aged Onegin who hovers around constantly trying to be profound; but who is, Ashmore finds, mostly distracting.