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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [Valencia 2012] [Kristine Opolais, Lena Belkina, Artur Rucinski] [C Major: 712504] [Blu-ray] [2013]


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  • Actors: Kristine Opolais, Lena Belkina, Artur Rucinski, Dmitry Korchak, Omer Meir Wellber
  • Directors: Mariusz Treliski
  • Writers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Format: Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BK5JPR8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Performance of Mariusz Trelinski's production of Tchaikovsky's opera, recorded live at the Paleau de les Arts, Valencia, in 2011. Kristine Opolais and Artur Rucinski lead the cast, with Omer Meir Wellber conducting the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sillitoe on 29 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I must say that my experience of this, most famous of Tchaikovsky's operas, has been somewhat of a disappointment, my first DVD is from the Bolshoi production of 2000, and while it is traditionally staged and fairly well sung, the sound quality is a real let down, muffled in places apart from the coughs, sneezes and audible sirens from outside the theatre. My second was the recent production from Amsterdam, good performance and recorded sound, it was the production that let this one down, I just couldn't get past the cosmonauts! This new DVD, I am glad to say, treads the middle ground between traditional and modern productions, quite minimal at times but nothing to offend, it is well sung and recorded too!
This is a relatively young cast which performs beyond their reputations, with Kristine Opolais being the star of the show. Opolais not only proves that she has a beautiful singing voice, but that she is a consummate actor as well, Tatyana is a difficult role to pull off, but she proves she has the measure of it. My only disappointment was with Artur Rucinski in the title role, at times I found his tone a little harsh while on occasion his acting was a bit wooden, but there were time when he proves that he can both sing and act! The rest of the cast was well balanced with all being in good voice, as was the chorus and orchestra.
I enjoyed this production greatly, there is a lot here which is attractive, and I am glad to say that the director, Mariusz Trelinski does not take any liberties. It is well staged and well televised, with the young conductor controlling his forces well. I would say that the DVD presentation was lacking a little, there are no extras, so no `cast gallery', `illustrated synopses or interview with the director where he explains his vision for the opera.
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Eugene Onegin is one of the most beautiful operas ever written. A marvelous story about love and human nature, Tchaikovsky's music enhances the drama and creates a succession of magic moments.
This staging of the opera does justice to it. Great singing and acting, specially the pair Tatiana-Onegin. Opolais and Rucinski are great young singers, they have marvelous voices and are able to act very damatically.
I hope to see more of them.
This video is higly recommended!
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I must say that my experience of this, most famous of Tchaikovsky's operas, has been somewhat of a disappointment, my first DVD is from the Bolshoi production of 2000, and while it is traditionally staged and fairly well sung, the sound quality is a real let down, muffled in places apart from the coughs, sneezes and audible sirens from outside the theatre. My second was the recent production from Amsterdam, good performance and recorded sound, it was the production that let this one down, I just couldn't get past the cosmonauts! This new DVD, I am glad to say, treads the middle ground between traditional and modern productions, quite minimal at times but nothing to offend, it is well sung and recorded too!
This is a relatively young cast which performs beyond their reputations, with Kristine Opolais being the star of the show. Opolais not only proves that she has a beautiful singing voice, but that she is a consummate actor as well, Tatyana is a difficult role to pull off, but she proves she has the measure of it. My only disappointment was with Artur Rucinski in the title role, at times I found his tone a little harsh while on occasion his acting was a bit wooden, but there were time when he proves that he can both sing and act! The rest of the cast was well balanced with all being in good voice, as was the chorus and orchestra.
I enjoyed this production greatly, there is a lot here which is attractive, and I am glad to say that the director, Mariusz Trelinski does not take any liberties. It is well staged and well televised, with the young conductor controlling his forces well. I would say that the DVD presentation was lacking a little, there are no extras, so no `cast gallery', `illustrated synopses or interview with the director where he explains his vision for the opera.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Oppicelli/Genua on 30 April 2013
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VIEN DA CHIEDERSI PERCHE' MAI ABBIANO INVENTATO I REGISTI E COSI' TANTI (TROPPI? TROPPI!) CON PROBLEMI PSICHICI. QUI E' SUFFICIENTE GUARDARE LA 'POLONAISE' AL TERZO ATTO O SEGUIRE QUEL MIMO CHE NON FA CHE DISTOGLIERE DALLA MUSICA. MUSICA, TUTTAVIA, SUPERBAMENTE MESSA IN RILIEVO DALL'ECCELLENTE GIOVANE MAESTRO OMER MEIR WELBER E CANTATA DA UN CAST COI FIOCCHI (ORA ANCHE NELLA LIRICA I CANTANTI HANNO BISOGNO DEI MICROFONINI PIAZZATI SUI VOLTI? INSOPPORTABILE SE VE N'ACCORGETE). CONSIGLIO CHE VORREI FOSSE UN ORDINE: METTETEVI SU QUESTO DVD CON QUEST'OPERA COSI' BELLA E CHIUDETE GLI OCCHI, ALLORA IL RIMEDIO PUO' RECARE BUONI FRUTTI. MUSIC TO WATCH? ASSOLUTAMENTE NO, DECISAMENTE NO. Ernesto - Genova Certosa - Italia
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A very fine production and one I have no real qualms in recommending! 29 July 2013
By Stuart Sillitoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I must say that my experience of this, most famous of Tchaikovsky's operas, has been somewhat of a disappointment, my first DVD is from the Bolshoi production of 2000, and while it is traditionally staged and fairly well sung, the sound quality is a real let down, muffled in places apart from the coughs, sneezes and audible sirens from outside the theatre. My second was the recent production from Amsterdam, good performance and recorded sound, it was the production that let this one down, I just couldn't get past the cosmonauts! This new DVD, I am glad to say, treads the middle ground between traditional and modern productions, quite minimal at times but nothing to offend, it is well sung and recorded too!
This is a relatively young cast which performs beyond their reputations, with Kristine Opolais being the star of the show. Opolais not only proves that she has a beautiful singing voice, but that she is a consummate actor as well, Tatyana is a difficult role to pull off, but she proves she has the measure of it. My only disappointment was with Artur Rucinski in the title role, at times I found his tone a little harsh while on occasion his acting was a bit wooden, but there were time when he proves that he can both sing and act! The rest of the cast was well balanced with all being in good voice, as was the chorus and orchestra.
I enjoyed this production greatly, there is a lot here which is attractive, and I am glad to say that the director, Mariusz Trelinski does not take any liberties. It is well staged and well televised, with the young conductor controlling his forces well. I would say that the DVD presentation was lacking a little, there are no extras, so no `cast gallery', `illustrated synopses or interview with the director where he explains his vision for the opera. The enclosed booklet leaves a lot to desire as well, with a fourteen line written synopsis being insufficient, even when you know the work, but then you are buying the DVD primarily for the opera and not the extras and booklet!
So, apart from my slight gripes about Rucinski, this is a very fine production and one I have no real qualms in recommending!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Recommended as a second version 30 April 2014
By A. Lupu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It is said that it is not only the story Pushkin created, but how he told it that made it such a master work especially beloved by its Russian audiences. The same can be said of Tchaikovsky’s music. No matter how you stage the opera, the music is a master piece.
Musically, this production is very good. It is refreshing to watch young singers who can not only sing to our expectations, but also act, dance and even jump on stage. The young Israeli conductor does a very good job with the orchestra too.
The stage production is a highly symbolic and minimalistic one. It seems to me too symbolic. It feels like the producer is trying to explain us with his symbols the meaning of the story, although we can appreciated it by the story itself. In fact, I will argue that if this is the first Onegin you ever watch, you will have a harder time understanding the human characteristics of the story compared to a more traditional one.
One aspect of this production I really enjoyed is the camera shots (Photography). No doubt there was a lot of preparation on this subject and it reflects in the way it was filmed. The experience has to be very different for the watcher on a screen than what the live audience would experience. The shots are very well composed and clear. The minimalistic approach of the production helps to produce beautiful shots.
I would recommend this Blu-Ray to those who have already watched a traditional production and are familiar with the story and its meaning.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Onegin 22 July 2013
By Conrad J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I must confess I bought this despite having several Onegins, because of my favorite present day singing actress. She is Kristine Opalais who is well on her way to superstardom. She did not disappoint me. She sang and acted beautifully, going from the innocent young dreamer to the elegant Princess Gremin. The Lensky was very lyrical reminding me of Lemenshev in his sweet singing. The Olga was very pretty and an excellent Mezzo. The Nurse and Madame Larina were good as well. I found Onegin to be somewhat less imposing in voice and somewhat menacing in his acting. The production was rather surrealistic, but at least brought out the story line. So many productions from Europe either distort or ignore the story altogether. I was disconcerted by the presence of body mikes. I hope the Valencia acoustics do not require them. I spotted them also in the Valencia Ring.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful production 29 Sept. 2013
By Freyr Thorarinsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
The audio quality of the recording on the Blue Ray disk is very good. The balance between the orchestra and the singers is good and the nuances in the orchestra playing are clearly heard.
Kristine Opolais in the role of Tatanya is excellent, but I was also deeply impressed by Dmitri Korchak in the role of Lensky - and so was the audience, to judge by the ovation he received after his aria at the end of Act II.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
too much symbolic 31 Oct. 2013
By edvanhulst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this is a simple and beautiful story and does not need all this symbolic stuff.
Eugene Onedin is too skinny and too Dandy and Lenski too good looking.
Tatyana's husband is.dressed like working at a funeral enterprise.
No really;I did not like this performance very much.
No complaint about the music and the voice and acting of Tatyana but the scenery did not allow her to do better.
Impossible to destroy this fantastic music.
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