Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [Blu-ray]

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For the third consecutive year, Anna Netrebko starred in the opening production of the season at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; a performance enjoyed by her legion of fans in more than 64 countries, as part of the Met s Live In HD cinema broadcasts.

The Met s new staging of Tchaikovsky s passionately lyrical masterpiece is the first DVD/Blu-ray release featuring Anna Netrebko in one of Russian opera s greatest and most demanding roles.

Anna s portrayal of Tatiana s journey from the tortured young woman of the famous letter scene , to society beauty has been acclaimed as much for its dramatic truth as its soaring musical lyricism.

Polish tenor star Piotr Beczala received glowing reviews for his performance as the lovelorn poet Lenski, Onegin's friend turned rival.

This greatest of Russian operas is conducted by the Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev.

Deborah Warner's new production, staged at The Met by award-winning actress Fiona Shaw, moves the drama from the 1820s of Pushkin s poem, to the more intensely psychological era of the opera s composition, in the 1870s.

The epic staging follows Tatiana from the isolated farmhouse of her youth to the glittering ballrooms of St.Petersburg and her fateful final encounter with Onegin, here set against a tempestuous Russian snowstorm.

The title role of the imperious Eugene Onegin is sung by charismatic Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, here making his Met debut in a role that has been his calling card at many of the world s greatest opera houses.

Product Details

  • Actors: Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, Piotr Beczala, Oksana Volkova, Valery Gergiev
  • Directors: Deborah Warner, Fiona Shaw, Gary Halvorson
  • Writers: Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Konstantin Shilovsky, Alexander Pushkin
  • Producers: Peter Gelb, The Metropolitan Opera
  • Format: Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • ASIN: B00H540KMM

Customer Reviews

among the best opera recordings ever made

36 people found this helpful.
 on April 8, 2014
By Dr. John W. Rippon
Yes, I agree with the other reviewers that having Slavic speaking artists for the major roles and minor roles as well, does make a difference in the final product of this Russian story and Russian opera. I’ll not rehash the accolades, well deserved as they are, also given by most previous reviewers except to say the whole project – sets, scenery, lighting, costumes, chorus, principals and extras were all right on and first rate. The whole atmosphere was set by the first few notes in the orchestra as Valery Gergiev led with a restrained hand this delicate, magnificent Tchaikovsky score. What enfolded was a true theatrical performance, again restrained as would be a Chekov drama but as deep as life itself.

Stirring, emotional ONEGIN

10 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2014
By B. Cathey
This Met Opera performance is quite good on all counts. While some liberty has been taken with the staging (updated to what appears to be the late 19th century), there is still a natural feel to the mis-en-scene that does not seek to distract the viewer (or listener). The major vocalists acquit themselves admirably, but, for me, it is Piotr Beczala’s Lensky that really steals the show–he is magnificent. Both Kwiecien and Anna Netrebko exhibit an almost unbridled passion in their roles; indeed, it is this passionate, very life-like approach to their roles that makes this a believable and, thus, desirable ONEGIN. The Bolshoi and Mariinski productions continue to occupy pride of place, vocally, for me, but this one makes a very convincing emotionally-stirring case for the opera.

Blown Away

13 people found this helpful.
 on March 22, 2014
By Richard R. Hays
After having read Pushkin’s novel/poem some years ago, recently I encountered Ralph Fiennes’ film version which gave me a better visual understanding of the novel. This opera blew me away with its magnificent singing, set designs, and elegant staging not forgetting the sweeping music. The dance scenes were spectacular and almost gave me the opportunity to embrace my wife and try to replicate the dance steps in our living room. We did not as our dancing days are over.

A very good performance

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2015
By Alicia de las Pozas
Since I saw this production on PBS last year I found it very good with a strong cast and beautiful scenery.

Absolutely stunning production!

27 people found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2014
By Thomas Ascher
I would have given this 5* even without the singing! The acting, direction, costumes, dance, filming, cutting were all that good! Add to that the quality of singing, not just the principals but the secondary roles as well, absolutely superb! We benefit much from the availability of Slavic singers. There is a quality of inflection, tonality that you get from a Slavic voice doing Tchaikovsky that western voices just can’t match – – in my humble opinion. Did I mention that the conductor was Valery Gergiev? I was eager to see this because the principals were Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, & Piotr Beczala the same principals from the MET Lucia. Beczala is a much better actor this time around, but all are stellar. Forgive the superlatives, but this really deserves high praise.

All the stars there are

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 21, 2015
By Your Aunt Martha
I give it all the stars there are. The Netrebko, Kwiecien, and Beczala performance of Onegin reminds a listener of the phrase “Russian soul.” Perhaps because they understand Pushkin and Tchaikovsky and have read and listened to the poet and the composer since their school days, it is hauntingly beautiful.

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