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Eugene Onegin 2008Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)

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Scottish Opera's 2007-08 season consisted entirely of new productions, generally successful ones at that. The company was clearly still struggling financially, however. The autumn saw the start of a new relationship with the great baritone Sir Thomas Allen, who directed Il barbiere di Siviglia. The new Mozart staging was Seraglio. There was a small-scale version of Rossini's Cinderella, which toured with piano accompaniment in the autumn, then with a reduced orchestration in the spring. A Night at the Chinese Opera, the first full-length piece by Judith Weir, not yet seen in Scotland, was beautifully staged. There was also a successful new production of Verdi's Falstaff. A stimulating innovation also appeared - the first  of three runs of short new works called 5:15 - Operas Made in Scotland. The partnership with RSAMD also continued, with Eugene Onegin. There was another Highlands and Islands tour under the Essential Scottish Opera title, and the orchestra gave a group of Sunday afternoon concerts in St Andrew's in the Square.

With a deal of hype surrounding the collaboration with Rostov Conservatoire, and with the welcome presence of the Scottish Opera Orchestra in the pit, expectations were high for this staging of Onegin. In Moscow its first performances had also been with a cast of students. It had been a favourite work with Scottish Opera and its audiences during the years of the Pountney production. Perhaps expectations were too high. This staging by the experienced and  generally excellent Will Kerley didn't quite work, and there were a few ideas that really jarred. One novelty only need be mentioned - the duel took place offstage, with the audience's attention concentrated on the lone figure of Onegin's silent servant emoting at the front of the stage - very distracting.

Performance Cast

Madame Larina a widowed landowner

Charlotte Tetley

Tatyana Larina's elder daughter

Kirstin Sharpin (Jan 25; Feb 2)

Maria Kozlova (Jan 26, 31)

Olga Larina's younger daughter

Una McMahon (Jan 25; Feb 2)

Louise Collett (Jan 26, 31)

Filipyevna nurse to the sisters

Evgenya Dolgopolova

Vladimir Lensky a neighbour, engaged to Olga

Reuben Lai (Jan 25; Feb 2)

Jung Soo Yun (Jan 26, 31)

Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend

Whitaker Mills (Jan 25; Feb 2)

Felipe Oliveira (Jan 26, 31)

Zaretsky a retired officer

Benjamin Weaver

Monsieur Triquet a Frenchman, tutor to the sisters

James Geer

Guillot Onegin's manservant

James Smyth

Trifon Petrovich a captain

Andrew McTaggart

Prince Gremin a retired general

Gevorg Grigoryan

Performance DatesEugene Onegin 2008

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

25 Jan, 19.15 26 Jan, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

31 Jan, 19.15 2 Feb, 19.15

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