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Eugene Onegin 1986Maly Theatre, Leningrad

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In the Soviet era, the Bolshoi and Kirov companies were regular visitors to London, but never to Scotland - there was no theatre that could accommodate them. The first Soviet opera company to visit the Edinburgh Festival was therefore Leningrad's second company, the Maly. They brought three works - solidly traditional versions of Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, and a recent work by Sergei Slonimsky, based on the life of Maria Stuart. All were directed by Stanislav Gaudasinsky, who was appointed to direct the company in 1980.

It was The Queen of Spades that seemed to represent them at their best. The two mezzos, Irina Bogachova, from the Kirov, and Nina Romanova, were particularly good and they also oappeared in Onegin.

Performance Cast

Madame Larina a widowed landowner

L V Kuznetsova

Tatyana Larina's elder daughter

L Y Kazarnovskaya (Aug 20)

Lyudmila Sirenko (Aug 24)

Olga Larina's younger daughter

Nina Romanova

Filipyevna nurse to the sisters

Irina Bogachova

Vladimir Lensky a neighbour, engaged to Olga

L F Ostrovsky

Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend

Alexandr Nyenadovsky (Aug 20)

Nikolai Kopilov (Aug 24)

Zaretsky a retired officer

L I Gladkov

Monsieur Triquet a Frenchman, tutor to the sisters

V A Naparin

Trifon Petrovich a captain

S A Safenin (Aug 20)

S K Bureyev (Aug 24)

Prince Gremin a retired general

Vladimir Ognovenko

Performance DatesEugene Onegin 1986

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

20 Aug, 19.30 24 Aug, 19.30

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