Latvian National Opera announces the premiere of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”

On December 8th Latvian National Opera invites to the premiere of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin”. In this production Rēzija Kalniņa made her debut as stage director at the Latvian National Opera. Music director and conductor of the new performance is Ainārs Rubiķis as well as conductor is Jānis Liepiņš. Set designer – Michael Kramenko, costumes were introduced by Latvian fashion brand “Amoralle” and light designer is Sergei Skornetskii.

Cast of the new production includes Jānis Apeinis or Rihards Mačanovskis as Onegin, iconic role of Tatyana is portrayed by Evija Martinsone or Dana Bramane. Arseny Yakovlev, Raimonds Bramanis, Mikhail Chulpaev or Juris Jope perform in the role of Lensky as well as Olga is played by Laura Grecka or Oksana Volkova. In the new production will also participate such artists as Kristīne Zadovska, Aira Rūrāne, Romāns Poļisadovs, Viesturs Vītols and others.

Is it possible to break out of the mold in which your parents and society have always lived? When does the Victim become the Victimizer? And when does the Victimizer become the Hero? This interpretation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's classic opera is directed by Rēzija Kalniņa as her debut at the Latvian National Opera.

The source of the libretto is the mock-epic verse novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837). Pushkin presents a vast overview of old Russian society around 1820, which Tchaikovsky’s original score neatly divides into each of its three acts: from the timeless rituals of country life to the rural gentry with its troubles and pleasures and, finally, the glittering imperial aristocracy of St. Petersburg. The Met’s production places the action in the later 19th century, around the time of the opera’s premiere.