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Eugene Onegin 2019Komische Oper, Berlin

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The opera programme for the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival included two fully-staged productions. The Komische Opera, Berlin, last here in 2015, brought a staging by director Barrie Kosky of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Scottish Opera's contribution was the European premiere of the noted American compoer Missy Mazzoli's interpretation of Breaking the Waves, a distinctly bleak view of life in the Scottish Highlands, as depicted in the 1996 film by Lars von Trier.

The series of notable concert performances featured Götterdämmerung, bringing to a climax the Festival's four-year cycle of Wagner's Ring. A second Berlin company, the Deutsche Oper, led by its Scottish conductor, Donald Runnicles, brought Puccini's rare early Manon Lescaut featuring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. Iestyn Davies led the cast in a performance of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.

There was a rare performance of the wonderful Elgar oratorio, the Kingdom, with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus joined by Martyn Brabbins and the Hallé.  Even more unusual was the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centenary - a concert presentation by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra of his great musical West Side Siory.  In addition, the opening concert brought the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel in Mahler's titanic 'Resurrection' Symphony. And the Orchestre de Paris brought Britten's War Requiem.

Performance Cast

Tatyana Larina's elder daughter

Asmik Grigorian (Aug 15, 17)

Natalya Pavlova (Aug 16)

Olga Larina's younger daughter

Karolina Gumos (Aug 15, 17)

Maria Fiselier (Aug 16)

Madame Larina a widowed landowner

Liliana Nikiteanu

Filipyevna nurse to the sisters

Margarita Nekrasova

Vladimir Lensky a neighbour, engaged to Olga

Oleksiy Palchykov (Aug 15, 17)

Ales Briscein (Aug 16)

Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend

Günter Papendell (Aug 15, 17)

Michael Nagy (Aug 16)

Monsieur Triquet a Frenchman, tutor to the sisters

Christoph Späth

Prince Gremin a retired general

Dmitry Ivashchenko

Performance DatesEugene Onegin 2019

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