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James Reel
Fanfare, September 2012

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Eugene Onegin (DNO, 2011) (NTSC) OA1067D
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Eugene Onegin (DNO, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7100D

…this concept brilliantly elaborates and enriches the characters that Pushkin and Tchaikovsky have given us.

If you’re comfortable with metafiction, you’ll derive great enjoyment from this production…

…Skovhus is an intense Onegin…Stoyanova…is remarkably firm and controlled and well colored…and given the production’s concept her voice is at just the right stage for this version of the character. The other singers and the chorus perform very well, with special plaudits due the Lensky of Andrei Dunaev…and the Gremin of Mikhail Petrenko, who radiates smooth authority. Mariss Jansons has always been a sympathetic Tchaikovsky conductor, and here he leads the Concertgebouw in a well-paced, colorful, but well-integrated performance.

Video director Misjel Vermeiran accomplishes the difficult task, given this sort of temporally and physically multiplanar production, of showing us everything we need to see when we need to see it…the DTS-HD 5.1 audio presents the anticipated fine imaging and balance. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

David Shengold
Opera News, August 2012

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Eugene Onegin (DNO, 2011) (NTSC) OA1067D
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Eugene Onegin (DNO, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7100D

With Mariss Jansons providing an excellent musical performance leading the luxurious-sounding Concertgebouw forces, this performance is consistently interesting and engaging…

Both major characters start in the “present” and then proceed to relive from their different points of view the events that divided them. Herheim uses the revolving set brilliantly; it permits the layering of action, meaning and time.

Skovhus[’s]…singing remains musically attractive…Andrej Dunaev, as Lenski, gives a respectable though hardly epochal reading of his beautiful part. This Onegin is a moving, important release. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review

John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, June 2012

The cast is very close to perfection, with Bo Skovhus in particular wholly believable as Onegin. He is obviously older than the character should be, especially in the earlier scenes, but this fits in well with a production in which the later reactions and emotions of the characters are brought out so clearly. Krassimira Stoyanova sings with conviction and clarity as Tatyana. She avoids the heavy Russian vibrato which makes some singers of the role seem older than their stage mother. Andrej Dunaev is a positive Lensky if without the liquid legato that some older Russian singers of the role possessed. Mikhail Petrenko is a satisfactory Gremin. The minor parts are all well taken, with especial pleasure being given by a properly French-sounding Monsieur Triquet from Guy de Mey.

The greatest musical pleasure comes however from the orchestra and chorus. Mariss Jansons is in his element here, directing a performance which avoids both undue heaviness and theatrical hysteria. I would happily listen repeatedly blindfold to the musical part of the performance if I had found the production distracting or annoying. In the event, and helped by a very satisfactory TV presentation which must have been very difficult to achieve with so much happening on the stage, I found it riveting both musically and dramatically throughout. Although I look forward to seeing many more traditional stage productions, even if I do not expect all to have the same musical values as are achieved here, this is a version which anyone who loves this most personal of operas needs to see and hear. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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