Met Live in HD
Saturday 22 April 2017 | 5:55pm
When soprano Anna Netrebko announced that she was adding the role of Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin to her repertoire in 2013, there was an unprecedented blaze of excitement.
A Russian singer with a powerful and rich-toned voice – a singer who is also an intense and mesmerising actor – taking one of the greatest female roles in Russian repertoire… it was almost too good to be true.
For The Met: Live in HD in April, Netrebko reprises this role in a revival of the same production.
Based on Pushkin’s iconic verse novel, which re-imagines the Byronic romantic anti-hero as the definitive bored Russian aristocrat caught between convention and ennui; Tchaikovsky, similarly, took Western European operatic forms and transformed them into an authentic and undeniably Russian work.
Tchaikovsky’s opera tells the story of a naive young woman who breaks all rules of decorum by declaring her love to a cynical sophisticate, but who only truly wins his heart when all hope of their union is lost.
Director Deborah Warner (whose production was first seen at English National Opera in 2011) updates the action to the time of the opera’s 1879 premiere, using handsome period costumes and strikingly-lit sets by Tom Pye.
Joining Netrebko in a glittering line-up of talent is Swedish baritone Peter Mattei as Onegin, the man who breaks both Tatiana’s heart and his own. Mattei is a favourite baritone with Met audiences, having also sung among other roles Don Giovanni, Figaro and Amfortas for the company.
Russian mezzo Elena Maximova is Tatiana’s sister Olga, and shining young tenor Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin’s friend-turned-rival Lenski, while Robin Ticciati, the charismatic music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, conducts the Met Opera Orchestra.
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