Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Laurent Pelly (stage director), Alain Altinoglu (conductor) — With Stéphane Degout (Eugene Onegin), Bernadetta Grabias (Larina), Sally Matthews (Tatyana) …

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Laurent Pelly — Stage director, costumes

Massimo Troncanetti — Set designer

Marco Giusti — Lighting

Lionel Hoche — Choreographer

Jean-Jacques Delmotte — Assistant costume designer

Bernadetta Grabias — Larina

Sally Matthews — Tatyana

Lilly Jørstad — Olga

Cristina Melis — Filippyevna

Stéphane Degout — Eugene Onegin

Bogdan Volkov — Lensky

Nicolas Courjal — Prince Gremin

Kris Belligh — Captain Petrovich

Kamil Ben Hsaïn Lachiri — Zaretsky

Christophe Mortagne — Triquet

Jérôme Jacob-Paquay — Guillot

Hwanjoo Chung — Precentor

Program notes

Pushkin's 1830 verse novel Eugene Onegin is a monument of Russian literature, in equal measure a biting satire of a society in the throes of ennui as well as a sweeping melodrama. In 1881, Tchaikovsky transformed this literary pillar into a set of "lyric scenes," with music that is deeply expressive of the characters' emotions and allows the orchestra to create a unified operatic language through subtle, obsessive themes. On the heels of other successful forays into Russian opera repertoire, Alain Altinoglu masterfully leads the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra in this quintessential Tchaikovsky score while Laurent Pelly's staging highlights the drama of frustrated, deeply human characters subject to the whims of fate, led by a superb Stéphane Degout in the title role.

Photo © Karl Forster

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