WHAT’S ON APRIL: OLIVER MEARS DIRECTS NEW PRODUCTION OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S EUGENE ONEGIN
Oliver Mears, Director of Opera at The Royal Opera, directs a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin to close Scottish Opera’s 2017/18 season.
This sweeping tale of unfulfilled love opens in Glasgow on April 27 before touring to Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh and Belfast.
Not heard on Scottish Opera’s main stage since 1993, Tchaikovsky’s soaring score is the most radiant of Russian lyric operas. Adapted from Pushkin’s classic verse novel, Eugene Onegin is a deeply moving tale of unrequited love and high society life. When Tatyana, a young country girl, is introduced to the arrogant Eugene Onegin, she is besotted and confesses her love, only to be rejected and humiliated. Onegin flirts with Tatyana’s older sister Olga, who’s engaged to Vladimir Lensky, Onegin’s only friend, setting off a series of tragic events.
Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford conducts a cast of international talent. Award-winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw (Rusalka 2016) sings Tatyana, and former Jette Parker Young Artist Samuel Dale Johnson (The Marriage of Figaro 2016) is Eugene Onegin. Peter Auty (Flight 2018) is Vladimir Lensky and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Sioned Gwen Davies (Flight 2018) is Olga. Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Alexey Gusev (Iolanta 2017) sings the role of Captain.
Joining Oliver Mears’ team is award–winning set and costume designer Annemarie Woods, lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli and former Scottish Ballet Artistic Director, choreographer Ashley Page. Eve Mutso, former Principal Dancer with Scottish Ballet, is the Dancer.
Also appearing in the production is George, a 7-year-old cob, who makes his stage debut as Onegin’s horse.
Oliver Mears said: ‘Onegin has everything: breathtaking music, heart-rending poetry, and the drama of passionate characters who live and breathe as we do. With its richly poetic atmospheres and endlessly inspired melodic invention, the opera is one of the greatest Russia has to offer – and, like an apparition from the past, once heard this beautiful opera haunts our dreams. We are lucky to be making this production with an outstanding cast of mainly young singers who will bring all of their energy and commitment to Tchaikovsky’s great score.’
Stuart Stratford added: ‘Onegin is the most iconic of Russian operas and is the one held in highest affection by all Russians. It has a unique blend of the lyric and dramatic and features one of the greatest scenes ever written for soprano. Tatyana is a complex and vulnerable character and we are fortunate to have rising star, Natalya Romaniw, giving her interpretation to a role with which she is already closely associated. Onegin is a piece I know really well, having studied it as a student in St. Petersburg. Every time I return to it, the music still feels fresh and I am always in awe of the emotional depth that it provides.’
Those who wish to discover more about how the production was created can attend Eugene Onegin Unwrapped, one-hour tasters delving further into the show, as well as Pre-show Talks. Audience members with visual impairments can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have a live commentary describing the action on stage without compromising the music.
Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA
Fri 27 Apr, 7.15pm
Sun 29 Apr, 3pm
Thu 3 May, 7.15pm
Sat 5 May, 7.15pm
Eugene Onegin Unwrapped
Wed 2 May, 6pm
Eugene Onegin Pre-show Talk
Sat 5 May, 6pm
Eugene Onegin Touch Tour
Sat 5 May, 6pm
Eugene Onegin Audio-described performance
Sat 5 May, 7.15pm