Eugene Onegin directed by Chloé Perlemuter (Russia, 2008, 140 min.). Tchaikovsky’s warhorse of an opera receives an unconventional staging at the hands of director/designer Dmitri Tcherniakov, filmed in Paris at the Opera Garnier. Drawing on the traditions of Russian theater where words, movements, and gestures are connected to precise psychological motivations, Tcherniakov shines a spotlight on the characters’ neuroses, stripping away the layers of cliché acquired in more than a century of the opera’s performance. He also uses a cinematic visual style and introduces plot adaptations that further highlight the emotional evolution of the characters. This production of Onegin aroused the ire of traditionalists and stimulated much debate about the place of innovation in opera from the time of its 2006 premiere, but was widely embraced by audiences. Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecen powerfully interprets the title role. In Russian with English subtitles.

Introduced by Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative. Presented in partnership with Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Bel Air Media.