6 August 2013

Fiona Shaw to Direct Deborah Warner's Season-Opening Production of Eugene Onegin at Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that Deborah Warner, who was to have staged her season-opening production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin for the company, will be unable to direct the show at the Met due to an unexpected surgical procedure and anticipated recovery time.

Actress and director Fiona Shaw, Warner's frequent artistic collaborator, will replace Warner as the director of the production, which first premiered in 2011 at English National Opera. Shaw, who will make her Metropolitan Opera debut with the production, has previously directed stagings of Henze's Elegy for Young LoversVaughan Williams's Riders to the Sea and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera, as is slated to direct an upcoming production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Shaw and Warner's working partnership, which has lasted for twenty-five years, began with a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Electra in 1988, and has continued with productions of Medea, The Waste Land, Happy Days, Hedda Gabler, Tony Kushner's adaptation of Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children and, most recently, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary. In 1995, Shaw took on the title role in Warner's production of Richard II. 

Shaw has been given the Best Actress awards by the London Critics' Circle, the Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Awards; she also received a Tony nomination in 2003 for Medea, and, in 2007, was given the Drama Desk Award for an outstanding solo or one-person show for The Waste Land. In 2001, Shaw was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to drama. 

The production of Eugene Onegin opens the Met season on September 23 and will play for thirteen performances through December 12, with a cast that includes Anna Netrebko as Tatiana, Oksana Volkova as Olga, Piotr Beczala as Lenski, Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin, and Alexei Tanovitski as Gremin; the opening-night cast will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. Subsequent performances of Onegin during the 2013-14 season will be conducted by Alexander Vedernikov and will feature Marina Poplavskaya as Tatiana, Elena Maximova as Olga, Rolando Villazón as Lenski, Peter Mattei as Onegin, and Štefan Kocán as Gremin. spacer

More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera.

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