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Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin 

Not Rated | | Musical | Episode aired 21 April 2007
Onegin is young, handsome, rich. And bored. After spurning the naive Tatyana's romantic advances, he publicly flirts with his best friend's fiancée merely to amuse himself, but the prank ends in a duel. Some people just don't get it.

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Brian Large
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Valery Gergiev ... Self - Conductor
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Self - Host
Beverly Sills ... Self - Special Guest Interviewer
Renée Fleming ... Tatiana
Elena Zaremba Elena Zaremba ... Olga
Svetlana Volkova ... Madame Larina
Larisa Shevchenko Larisa Shevchenko ... Filippyevna, Tatiana's Nurse
Keith Miller Keith Miller ... A Captain
Ramón Vargas Ramón Vargas ... Lenski
Dmitri Hvorostovsky ... Eugene Onegin
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Jean-Paul Fouchécourt ... Triquet
Richard Bernstein Richard Bernstein ... Zaretski
Sergei Alexashkin Sergei Alexashkin ... Prince Gremin
Linda Gelinas Linda Gelinas ... Dancers
Sam Meredith Sam Meredith ... Dancers
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Onegin is young, handsome, rich. And bored. After spurning the naive Tatyana's romantic advances, he publicly flirts with his best friend's fiancée merely to amuse himself, but the prank ends in a duel. Some people just don't get it.

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Tchaikovsky would be proud!
11 October 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Eugene Onegin is one of my favourite Tchaikovsky works, it never fails to touch me and the music is some of Tchaikovsky's most beautiful. I love the 1984 and 1988 productions just as much, but this Met production is a stunning Onegin.

The sets are minimalist, however in a very beautiful way. The costumes are truly beautiful. The production looks simply fantastic in high definition, with great sound, picture quality and video directing. The staging is done intelligently, the first ballroom scene is especially well done as well as the final drawing room duet.

Musically, Eugene Onegin is simply wonderful. The Polanaise and Waltz are played with style and in Lensky's and Gremin's arias you can feel the pathos. The Letter scene is riveting too. All of this is helped by the outstanding conducting of Valery Gergiev, not only does he clearly feel the music in his bones but he is very interesting to watch.

Renee Fleming is a lovely Tatiana and as Onegin Dmitri Hvorostovsky is wonderfully arrogant, charismatic and detached. Ramon Vargas is also wonderful in the role of the impassioned Lensky, his act 2 aria brought tears to my eyes as it should do. Olga is very attractively performed, and Gremin is excellent, deservedly bringing the house down with his expressive aria in act 3.

All in all, if Tchaikovsky saw this production of his operatic masterpiece he would be proud. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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