MET OPERA IN HD: EUGENE ONEGIN

 

PRESENTED BY:

The Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Metropolitan Opera of New York

The Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc. and

Ayala Malls Cinemas 

 

DATE/TIME/VENUE:

December 5, 2017

Tuesday at 6:30 PM

Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3

Estimated Running Time: 3 hours 38 minutes

  

DESCRIPTION:

Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the loves truck Tatiana and the aristocratic Onegin.  Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.

 

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SYNOPSIS:

ACT I

Autumn in the country.  On the Larin estate, Madame Larina reflects upon the days before she married, when she was courted by her husband but loved another.  She is now a widow with two daughters: Tatiana and Olga.  While Tatiana spends her time reading novels, with whose heroines she closely identifies, Olga is being courted by their neighbor, the poet Lenski.  He arrives unexpectedly, bringing with him a new visitor, the aristocrat Eugene Onegin, with whom Tatiana soon falls in love.  That night, Tatiana asks her nurse Filippyevna to tell her of her first love and marriage.  Tatiana stays up all night writing a passionate letter to Onegin and persuades Filippyevna to have her grandson deliver it in the morning.  Tatiana waits for Onegin’s response.  When he arrives, Onegin admits that he was touched by her declaration but explains that he cannot accept it and offers only friendship in return.  He advises her to control her emotions, lest another man take advantage of her innocence.

 

Intermission

 

ACT II

January.  The local community has been invited to the Larin estate to celebrate Tatiana’s name day.  Onegin has reluctantly agreed to accompany Lenski to what he mistakenly believes will be an intimate family celebration.  Annoyed to find himself trapped at an enormous party and bored by the occasion, Onegin takes his revenge on Lenski by flirting and dancing with Olga.  Lenski’s jealousy rises to such a height that he challenges Onegin to a duel, and the party breaks up.  Before the duel, Lenski meditates upon his poetry, his love for Olga, and death.  Lenski’s second finds Onegin’s late arrival and his choice of a second insulting.  Although both Lenski and Onegin are full of remorse, neither stops the duel, and Lenski is killed.

 

Intermission

 

ACT III

St. Petersburg, several years later.  Having traveled abroad since the duel, Onegin has returned to the capital.  At a ball, Prince Gremin introduces his young wife.  Onegin is astonished to recognize her as Tatiana and realizes that he now loves her.  Onegin has sent a letter to Tatiana.  He arrives at the Gremin palace and begs her to run away with him.  Tatiana admits that she still loves him but that she has made her decision and will not betray her husband.  Onegin is left desperate.

 

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Conductor:  Robin Ticciati / Joel Revzen

Tatiana:  Anna Netrebko

Olga:  Elena Maximova

Lenski:  Alexey Dolgov

Onegin:  Mariusz Kwiecien / Peter Mattei

Gremin:  Stefan Kocan

 

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