Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose are making their East London debut with a production of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping opera, Eugene Onegin at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre. The third production from this ambitious, innovative company, this English version transports the audience to the early sixties, at a time when the women’s liberation movement was gaining momentum and the new began rubbing up against the old. Tatyana’s sexual awakening takes place in a shiny new world of sleek suits and full skirts, with the occasional allusion to frosty Russian vistas. A timely re-examination of this wonderful piece, Eugene Onegin is a coming-of-age triumph, told through some of the most magnificent music ever written. Ten singers and four instrumentalists will perform the set chamber production in a new orchestration for piano, cello, violin and woodwind. An absorbing evening (or afternoon) for opera lovers and newbies alike, Eugene Onegin is rich, complex and thought provoking.
By Megan Carnegie