Bolshoi troupe triumphs at Paris Opera’s 2008 season opening with ‘Eugene Onegin’ under the talented direction of Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Three romantic heroes each with a solitary destiny: Tatiana, a Romanesque young woman seeking absolution, Onegin, a distant dandy hiding emptiness under affected haughtiness, and Lenski, abandoned by his literary idol. Between these three, barren affections presage the inexorable social ruin.
All the resources of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow are brought to bear to ensure this opera performance is exceptional evening of theatre and song: a vocal line-up of the highest order with notably the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien and the Bolshoi Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Alexander Vedernikov.
With a stage setting as sombre as it is effective – a great dining table appears in the middle of a salon – the director Dmitri Tcherniakov separates two different worlds and lends the drama a clarity rarely reached.
« Tatyana Monogarova’s Tatyana has such vocal prowess and, at times, emotional fervour. »
« Alexander Vedernikov, conducting, showed a fine appreciation of the musical depth of Tchaikovsky’s masterfully interrelated score »
George Loomis – FINANCIAL TIMES