VO’s Music Director Jonathan Darlington conducts the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Vancouver Opera Chorus in a powerful new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, with Libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and KS Shilovsky after Pushkin. A co-production with Calgary Opera, this timeless and emotional story of ill-fated love is based upon the plot of Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel and features breathtaking music, choreography, lavish orchestrations, and compelling arias. Celebrated Canadian director Tom Diamond, a veteran of Pacific Opera Victoria, Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry Opera, and Broadway (Squonk, 1999), directs. Calgary-based Scott Reid has designed this new production which premiered in Calgary on February 3, 2018.
Eugene Onegin features a Russian cast of stars led by Russian baritone Konstantin Shushakov, who makes his Vancouver Opera debut in the title role of Eugene Onegin. A soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre (Cosi fan tutte, 2017, Le nozze di Figaro, 2017, La bohème, 2016), he previously played the role at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo (2015) and Maribor Slovene National Theatre (2013). He is joined by internationally acclaimed soprano Svetlana Aksenova (The Queen of Spades, 2016, Rusalka, 2015) in the role of Tatiana, which she previously performed with Shushakov in Brazil in 2015, and at Dallas Opera in 2016. Tenor Alexey Dolgov makes his VO debut in the role of Lensky, which he has previously sung at the Bolshoi (2010), The Metropolitan Opera (2017), and Münchner Opernfestspiele (2015). Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule – who will be familiar to VO audiences as Maddalena in Rigoletto (2015) – sings the role of Olga while bass Goderdzi Janelidze also of the Bolshoi (Rigoletto, 2018, Don Carlo, 2017, La Traviata, 2017) rounds out the cast as Prince Gremin.
Eugene Onegin will be sung in Russian with English SURTITLES™.
This production is generously sponsored by Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP.