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Frédéric Cardin
La Scena Musicale, October 2012

This 2011 production of the Nederlandse Opera was literally all the rage. Producer Stafan Herheim’s novel vision, although controversial for certain purists, illuminated in a completely different way the libretto based on the Pushkin classic. It is like wandering through a temporal kaleidoscope that takes us back to the beginning of the 20th century, walks us through Soviet communism and ends in our era. The costumes are sumptuous and filled with allusions, the decor, exhilarating and marvellously coloured, and the direction of the singers, lively despite the static libretto, making the production unforgettable. And as if that weren’t enough, Mariss Jansons brings flamboyance and dynamic gems out of the Dutch orchestra. The soloists’ voices are impeccable. A very, very high artistic level. If you like opera in general, and Tchaikovsky in particular, you simply cannot miss out on this spectacular Blu-ray. © 2012 La Scena Musicale Read complete review

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

Frédéric Cardin
La Scena Musicale, September 2012

This 2011 production from the Nederlandse Opera created an uproar in the opera world. The sumptuous and glittering costumes, the breath-taking and marvellously coloured sets, and the stage direction, lively despite the static quality of the libretto, make this an unforgettable production. And as if that weren’t enough, the Dutch orchestra led by Mariss Jansons performs with extraordinary energy and flamboyance. The vocal soloists are impeccable. Everything is of an extremely high artistic quality. If you love opera, and particularly Tchaikovsky, you simply cannot pass up this spectacular Blu-ray. © 2012 La Scena Musicale 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

Jeffrey Kauffman, April 2012

From a purely musical standpoint, this is an exceptional Eugene Onegin, with brilliant performances from Skovhus and Stoyanova, and absolutely gorgeous playing by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of one of the finest Tchaikovsky conductors currently working, Mariss Jansons. This production wisely eschews the “too sweet” elements that often hamper Tchaikovsky performances, and this Eugene Onegin ends up being a devastating emotional experience. With solid video and audio and decent…supplements, this release comes Highly recommended. © 2012 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2012

A new production for Netherlands Opera from Stefan Herheim sets this well-known story as a series of flash-backs in the life of Eugene Onegin. What started out as quite a simple story is now made quite complex, Onegin, in this production, seen at the beginning of the opera recalling his story, though if you work things out, the costumes would indicate he is well turned a hundred. It is a concept that just about works, but only just, and you often have to suspend thoughts of the reality that was important to the original story. In the final act Onegin asks if he is dreaming, though by now Herheim has all those around him turning it into a surrealistic nightmare. So lets try to take the production as it comes, including the appearance of two space astronauts and a circus bear in the big ball scene, and sit back to enjoy the outstanding musical performance on offer. The silky smooth baritone voice of Bo Skovhus makes a suitably arrogant Onegin who shuns the protestations of love from the young Tatyana, here sung with that high emotion teenage love creates by Krassimira Stoyanova. The production does rob her of that solo Letter Song as here Onegin gets mixed up in it, though the conductor, Mariss Jansons, shapes it with love and affection. The opera largely hangs on their extended scenes, though it is the partnership of Elena Maximova and Andrej Dunaev as Olga and Lensky who almost steal the performance, to a point where you wish it was not Lensky who gets killed in the second act. A very nice cameo role from the bass, Mikhail Petrenko, as Prince Gremin, and Olga Savova’s Larina, while the chorus, who fill the stage to overflowing, are in fine form. One dreads to think how much their frequently changing costumes have cost. Indeed it seems to have been a production without a financial limit as Herheim offers a vast array of additions that include a miniature ballet. Add to those costs the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra who bring Tchaikovsky’s score vividly to life. …the colours are vivid, the action nicely captured, and the sound team have been very successful in balancing the orchestra and voices. © David’s Review Corner

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