For director Barrie Kosky YEVGENY ONEGIN works on many different levels. Why is the relationship of Onegin and Tatyana so believable and still gripping for modern audiences?
YEVGENY ONEGIN is the story of a cynical young man who has to come to terms with his emotional landscape, says Barrie Kosky, general director of Komische Oper Berlin and director of this production of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. But as in all good operas, ONEGIN works on many different levels.
The protagonists are utterly believable; a terribly human uncertainty that hangs over their future. These elements, coupled with the verse of Alexander Pushkin, still have the power to affect the audiences today. In the Berlin production, Asmik Grigorian and Günter Papendell play Tatyana and Yevgeny Onegin with mordant irony and pure emotion.
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