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Spell binding performance,
This review is from: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin / Fleming, Hvorostovsky, Vargas, Gergiev, Carsen [Metropolitan Opera 2007] [DVD]  (DVD)
I received my DVD of Eugene Onegin (filmed live at the New York Metropolitan Opera) about a week ago and already have played it at least 4 times. The whole opera is carried along by the beautiful melodic music, including of course the uplifting waltz and the exuberant Polonaise. Sung in Russian it has subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.
Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is suitably suave and arrogant as Onegin. American soprano Renée Fleming is a very pretty and effective Tatiana and Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas is in good strong voice as Lenski (I kept being reminded of his singing as Don Carlos from Vienna 2004).
Russian Valery Gergiev conducts the Met Opera Orchestra very artistically without a baton and with excellent control. My only quibble is that the English subtitles suffer from American spelling. Apart from that it is spell binding. All that unrequited love.... Over 2 hours long and it seems to pass in minutes! Very highly recommended.