Piotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Eugene Onegin (lyrical scenes in three acts)
From the Festspielhaus, Baden- Baden 1998
Opera and Chorus of the European Union Opera
Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky / Director for stage: Nikolaus Lehnhoff
Soloists: Ineke Vlogtman, Orla Boylan, Anna Burford, Katja Boos, Michael Konig
Running Time: 152 min
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle languages: GB, D, F
Region Code: 0
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Sel. No. 100 126 PAL
When the singer and Moscow Conservatory teacher Yelisaveta Lavrovskaya pointed to Eugene Onegin as the subject of an opera in April 1877, Tchaikovsky immediately felt bound by Alexander Pushkin's verses which seemed to him already to be music. Very soon, in May, he began to set to music the libretto which had been written by his student Konstantin Shilovsky. A curious coincidence between art and life then occurred: like Tatyana to Onegin, a student at the Conservatory, Antonina Milyukova, wrote a love letter to the unsuspecting Tchaikovsky. So as not to react cold-heartedly like Pushkin's Onegin, he allowed himself to be dragged into a precipitate and unhappy marriage which had then to be dissolved after only three months. Eugene Onegin is internationally the most frequently performed Russian opera today, outstripping even Boris Godunov. This production by the European Union Opera was recorded at the Festival Theater at Baden-Baden and is the joint work of artists from twenty-nine cities of the European Union; the performance was directed by the internationally renowned producer Nikolaus Lehnhoff while decor and costumes come from Markus Meyer. Musical directorship was by the conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, who is known especially for the musical sensitivity of his interpretations of Russian music.
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