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Eugene Onegin: Metropolitan Opera (Gergiev) [Blu-ray] 
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Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala take the lead roles in this Metropolitan Opera production of Tchaikovsky's opera. The opera tells the story of the tempestuous relationship between the naive Tatiana (Netrebko), the hot-blooded Onegin (Kwiecien) and his bitter rival Lenski (Beczala). Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, conducts.
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The production is directed by Deborah Warner, with later assistance from Fiona Shaw, and their experience with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain enriches and enlivens the theatricality of the piece. In the first act particularly the setting - which is in the summer house of the Larin estate - suggests a Chekhov play: the playing area is wide and shallow, with the upstage area seen only dimly through windows or an open door, and the lighting is at once suggestive of autumn sunshine filtering through trees through the windows and an enclosed, even slightly oppressive, interior. The blocking for the characters is shapely and intelligent, and the story line flows through their movements in this space as much as through what they are singing. It is brilliantly conceived. Whereas the earlier production with Fleming and Hvorostovsky was essentially impressionistic, with an open stage covered with autumn leaves for this section, and an inserted prop set into the same setting for Tatiana's bedroom in the letter scene, Warner's production grounds the characters in their lives, and in the manners of the Russian upper classes of the time.
It is of course the music which carries the day, and there is no question that this cast is superlative in every respect. Tatiana in Netrebko's interpretation is not so socially poised as Fleming's, more at odds with herself, and somewhat chafed at the small circumference of her life.Read more ›
The rest of the cast is excellent. I have always had reservations for Gergiev's conducting. He is better than usual here but not as inspiring as some of the some of the old great Russian conductors.
I am basing this review on the "Met live" performance, but I imagine the blu ray transfer will be top quality as usual.
I strongly recommend this performance to anyone who likes this opera.
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The cast has tried hard and done everything that in this case, it was told to do. It was hardly the cast's fault that all the soppranos were ordered to stay shoed when they... Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Oates
saw it live in HD and finally own this beautiful performance. Netrebko, Beczala and Kwiecien are excellent !Published 22 months ago by KURT MARTENS