Onegin!

So the Carsen Onegin is twenty years young and just opened the COC’s 18/19 season. My review is up on Opera Canada.

I’ve been going through some recordings in preparation and in the process discovered a glorious 1955 mono from the Bolshoi with Galina Vishnyevskaya. This chorus gets me every time, but this rendition in particular:

Loved that Carsen introduced an Orthodox priest into the scene — there are indeed shades of Orthodox chanting in this chorus, and it all went beautifully together with the autumn leaves strewn across the stage, the peasants coming back from the harvest, the women peeling fruit and veg and kibitzing.

There are brilliant moments in every scene in this Carsen, and I thought there is a touch of genius in how Lensky’s death is bridged with the next scene, the famous polonaise at the Prince Gremin’s ball.

Anybody seen any other Onegin productions, live or on video? There are bits of Kasper Holten’s ROH Onegin on the internet, and various Bolshoi clips of varying vintage. I can’t remember which director turned it into the Onegin & Lensky forbidden love type story? There’s been at least one of those about.

2 thoughts on “Onegin!

  1. I love the Carsen Onegin. I used to have a DVD of the Met production. I foolishly loaned it to someone….Anyway, the Krzysztof Warlikowski production for the Bayerische Staatsoper is (at least one) “forbidden love” approach. I don’t believe it’s commercially available, but you can get it from at your friendly neighborhood bootlegger. The only other full production I’ve seen is the new production at the Met. Unlike my uncle I like Carsen better! https://regieornotregie.blogspot.com/2017/03/too-many-leaves-not-enough-sex.html

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