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Eugene Onegin at Glyndebourne

This revival of Eugene Onegin at Glyndebourne features a strong cast - Ales Jenis as Onegin, Maija Kovalevska as Tatyana, Massima Giordano as Lensky and Maria Gortsevskaya as Olga.

All the voices are well matched and balanced - nobody was sticking out, nor any one underpowered. In a word, it has the hallmark of Vladimir Jurowski - poised and controlled. The best was Tatyana's letter scene which was fantastically sung. Onegin came across, as expected, cold in Acts I and II. Somehow his passion failed to show in the last act - thus dampening the dramatic tension between the two lead characters. The minimalist stage worked worked well with the bold costume - though I was not convinced by the somewhat contrived choreography of the St Petersburg ballroom scene. Despite of these shortcomings, it was nonetheless an entertaining evening in the country.


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