It’s finally here! After an inappropriately long time of waiting (The opera season in New York is substantially shorter than in most European houses.), Opening Night, one of my favorite days of the year, has arrived! This must-see production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” stars Anna Netrebko as Tatjana, Mariusz Kweicien as Eugene Onegin, Piotr Beczala as Lenski, Oksana Volkova as Olga, Elena Zaremba as Madame Larina, Larissa Diadkova as Filippyevna, and Alexei Tanovitsky as Prince Gremin. The production originally premiered at the ENO by Deborah Warner, but due to surgery, it has been taken over by one of Warner’s frequent colleagues, Fiona Shaw. Set designs are by Tom Pye and costumes are by Chloe Obolensky. You can find out all the details about the production here, in a screencap from the Met Database. I’ll be there on October 12th, and I’ll post a review.
This is the first night of the Met’s 130th season, and there are many ways for you to be a part of it. For New Yorkers, the Met presents a live, free transmission on the Josie Robertson Plaza in Lincoln Center, as well as another on in Times Square. For those who aren’t able to make it into New York City, don’t fear because you can listen to the online live-stream on the Met’s website, of on channel 74 of Sirius XM radio, Metopera Radio. If you’re listening at home, you can find a libretto in English here (I couldn’t find a good one with both Russian and English text).
MetOpera Radio and Live Stream coverage starts wit the Red Carpet interviews at 6:00 (EST), with the opera starting half an hour later at 6:30. As usual, I’ll be blogging right before and after the performances, and during the intermissions. Make sure to follow my Twitter and Facebook for live updates during the performance.
Below, you can see a slide show of some pictures from this production. That’s all for now, and I can’t wait for 6:00!