An NCPA-The Metropolitan Opera (New York) Presentation
Alexander Pushkin’s poem/novel tells the story of two sets of lovers. Eugene Onegin, the hardened socialite, rejects the love of passionate Tatyana Larin, while his friend, poet and romantic Vladimir Lensky, falls head over heels for her sister Olga. Eugene Onegin is a socialite whose hobby is seducing women.
The current revival of Eugene Onegin was designed to feature Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role, but he had to withdraw because of ill health. Dmitri Hvorostovsky is being replaced by Peter Mattei, who sang the title role of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Met on January 24 this year; the performance marked the 15th anniversary of the Swedish baritone’s company debut. Since his first appearance on the Met stage (as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro), Mattei has sung more than 125 performances with the company, becoming one of the Met’s great baritone stars in the process. This month he returns to the title role of Eugene Onegin opposite the Tatiana of Anna Netrebko.
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Production: Deborah Warner
Cast: Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Alexey Dolgov, Peter Mattei & Štefan Kocán