Eugene Onegin – Salzburg Festival

 

Tchaikovsky  is  best  known  for  his  symphonic   scores   and   ballets   such   as   the   “Nutcracker,“   “Swan   Lake”   and   “Sleeping  Beauty.“  Yet  his  operas  also  occupy  a  place  of  honor  in  his  oeuvre,  and  two  of  them,  “Eugene  Onegin”  and  “The  Queen  of  Spades,” both based on novels by Pushkin, are among his very finest works.

The plot of “Onegin” is quickly told: on a Russian country  estate,  awkward,  inexperienced  young  Tatyana  is  seized  by  a  sudden  passion  for  the handsome, blasé new neighbor Eugene Onegin.  She  writes  him  a  love  letter,  but  he  makes  it  clear  to  her  that  he  is  not  interested.  Later,  Tatyana‘s  sister  flirts  with
Onegin, her fiancé challenges him to a duel and is killed by Onegin. Years later, Onegin returns, finds that Tatyana has married an aged  prince,  and  tries  to  win  her  back  but  fails.

The  true  hero  of  the  opera  is  Tatyana,   a   multi-layered,   conflicted,   driven,   doubt-ridden  heroine.  As  portrayed  by  the  dazzling  Russian  soprano  Anna  Samuil,  this  Tatyana “is ready to start a revolution.” (Julia Spinola, F.A.Z.) Since her 2003 debut in the West, and her appearance as Musetta (“La Bohème”) at the Met alongside Anna Netrebko, Anna Samuil – a protegée of Daniel Barenboim – has been acclaimed as a vibrant new voice on  the  operatic  stage.  Daniel  Barenboim  and  the  Vienna  Philharmonic  accompany  these  “scenes of a marriage that could have been” with beguilingly dark sonorities that allow for brilliant flashes of light from the winds and waves of passionate lyricism in the third act.

Recorded  at  the  Salzburg  Festival,  this  production  of  Tchaikovsky’s  Eugene  Onegin  features an excellent, young cast headed by Peter Mattei as the titular playboy, and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim. This intimate production mines the depths of expression and charisma inherent in the drama.

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Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Director: Andrea Breth

Cast: Peter Mattei,  Anna Samuil Ekaterina Gubanova,  Joseph Kaiser

Opera in 3 acts

Total running time: 2 hours 36 min
Running time by act:
Act 1: 73 minutes; Act 2: 42 minutes; Act 3: 42 minutes

Sung in: Russian

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