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

35 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.

Prime Netrebko

 on January 18, 2016
By Tom Diaz
Let me be honest here. I am in love with Netrebko. She could sing the Gettysburg Address and I would swoon. But that said, how many productions of Eugene Onegin can you really love? This is one of them. Sigh.

Anna Netrebko not convincing as Tatiana

One person found this helpful.
 on November 27, 2015
By H. Hall
I don’t own this disk, but saw it on met on demand, so I’m pretty certain it’s the exact same cut. I’m actually a fan of Netrebko, however I didn’t find her protrayal of Tatiana as a young naive girl convincing at all. Another reviewer said she’s a bit old for the part, I don’t disagree that she appeared so, but I’ve also seen (also on met on demand) Renee Fleming who did this role with the met in 2007, who was probably nearly 50, looked way more convincing as a young vulnerable girl. I also preferred Flemings singing in this role. But this production looks more lavishing than the austere 2007 one. One thing I really really enjoyed in this one is Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin. His final scene was incredible, both in singing and acting. I felt he really stole the show here and made it worth watching for me.

Sublime

5 people found this helpful.
 on March 26, 2014
By James Clow
The entire cast sang and acted marvelously. I had recently watched the new production from the ROH. I liked their twist on the presentation with the first two acts representing the reminiscing by Tatiana in the third act. This Met performance received the “standard” treatment with each act being in real time. Some of the ROH scenes were a bit awkward on first viewing but I thought it better than the standard on later viewing. The Met cast and staging were superior to that from the ROH.

Splendid vocal, stunning Blu-Ray video, very enjoyable production.

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 20, 2014
By Arturo
After seeing and hearing three standard definition DVD productions of Eugene Onegin, borrowed from the public library, all well done yet unique, with great star-performers and productons (Bolshoi Theater, with Maria Gavrilova as Tatyana; Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Teresa Kubiak; NY Met. Opera production with Renee Fleming), I purchased this Blu-ray disc of a LIVE! from the Met in HD production, starring Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin – sight unseen – based on the record of exceptional performances of the LIVE! in HD series. I am very pleased with the choice. Manufactured and sold by Deutsche Grammophon, this All-Regions disc has the main menu in English but you have the choice of subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. Audio is in High Def. PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master 5.1 as well. The voices, acting, directing, sets, lighting and quality of the video and audio, are exceptionally fine. For those who do not have a Blu-ray player, remember: this Blu-ray disc won’t play on a standard DVD machine. But, I expect that a standard DVD of the same performance, would be almost as good. From my perspective, and for others who have a Blu-ray player, the few additional dollars-cost for this Blu-ray disc released in 2014, buys a lot more enjoyment from a very fine year-2013 production.

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