Deutsche Grammophon Releases The Met’s Production Of Tchaikovsky’s Masterpiece “Eugene Onegin” On DVD/Blu-Ray
STARRING ANNA NETREBKO, MARIUSZ KWIECIEN, AND PIOTR BECZALA
“Netrebko proved that she has the vocal resources for Tatiana, which is among the heaviest roles she has tackled; her singing was full, gorgeous, and idiomatic.” (The New Yorker)
“Mr. Beczala’s muscular, youthful tenor voice is ideal for Lenski… Mr. Kwiecien’s singing is volatile and exciting…Mr. Gergiev knows the Tchaikovsky style like few other conductors.’” (The New York Times)
Starring Russian star soprano Anna Netrebko, Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, Tchaikovsky’s most renowned opera, Eugene Onegin, has just been issued on DVD and Blu-ray by Deutsche Grammophon. Released this week, the DVD features The Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-2014 season opener of Tchaikovsky’s passionately lyrical masterpiece, conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
Directed by Deborah Warner and staged at The Met by award-winning actress Fiona Shaw, this new rendition of Eugene Onegin moves the drama from the 1820s of Pushkin’s poems to the era of the opera’s composition in the 1870s. This dramatic staging follows Tatiana from the isolated country estate of her youth to the elegant ballrooms of St. Petersburg and her fateful final encounter with Eugene Onegin.
Portraying one of Russian opera’s classic roles, Anna Netrebko brings her soaring vocalism and searing stage presence to Tatiana’s journey from the tortured young girl of the famous ‘letter scene’, to the admired aristocratic society beauty who finally rejects love in favour of honor. Mariusz Kwiecien plays the title role of Eugene Onegin, one of the handsome young artist’s most famous roles at opera houses worldwide. Rounding out this sterling cast is Piotr Beczala, who gives a heart-breaking performance as the lovelorn poet Lenski.02/21/2014