Prior to Opening of its Own Season, Bolshoi to Open Season at Paris Opera


The opening will take place at the Palais Garnier.
It was at its first performance, on 1 September 2006, that Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production of Eugene Onegin, got the invitation to Paris.

Sitting in the auditorium that night, was Gerard Mortier, the general director of the Paris Opera, who was so enthusiastic about the production that the first preliminary negotiations got underway literally fifteen minutes after curtain down.

In all his interviews with the Russian press, Mortier praised the Bolshoi's new Onegin, for example:

"I am grateful to the creators of this production. It was a real pleasure. It is very intelligently conceived. I loved the difference between Parts One and Two, the soloists’ acting and the Company's overall performance".

"I liked Onegin - it is done in the traditionsof Russian theatre, perfect Stanislavsky. Although I am against the insertion of new meanings into an opera.., in this case the spirit of the original has been totally preserved, despite insignificant changes to the plot. Here literally each scene stands out, particularly successful is the transition to contemporary Russia in act two. In my view, this is one of the best stagings of a Russian opera that I have seen in recent times".

"I am constantly being asked: why I invited Dmitri Tcherniakov to produce Macbeth for us, why are we bringing his Eugene Onegin from the Bolshoi to open our next season? I will tell you this: I saw this production on its first night and I liked it enormously. Tcherniakov has presented us with a completely fresh view of Onegin. Each detail of the production issubstantiated, pregnant with meaning".

In Paris, the Bolshoi, of course, will be presenting a star-studded cast. In addition to those soloists who have already become identified with the new Onegin, there will be two recent newcomers - Vasily Ladyuk (Onegin) and Roman Shulakov (Lensky). For the first time since the premiere, Onegin will be sung by the creator of the role in this production - the world opera star Mariush Kvechen. And, at long last, another star, of worldwide fame - Anatoly Kocherg - will sing Gremin for the first time in this production.

A longstanding partner of the Bolshoi, the French recording company Bel Air Media, together with the popular French-German ARTE television channel, will film the Bolshoi's new Oneginn for a DVD.

While the Russian Kultura TV channel is to do a direct transmission throughout Russia of the Paris Opera premiere of Tcherniakov's Onegin (the 10 September performance), on Christmas Eve, the ARTE TV channel intends to relay its recording of the Tcherniakov Onegin to the whole of Europe. Thus, over one hundred million viewers will be given the opportunity of viewing the production. And at the same time - as an additional Christmas bonus - the DVD will go on sale.

Eugene Onegin
September 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 
7.30 pm

September 7
2.30 pm

Alexander Vedernikov

Madame Larina
Makvala Kasrashvili - September 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 
Irina Rubtsova - September 9, 11

Tatiana, her daughter
Tatiana Monogarova - September 6, 8, 10 
Yekaterina Shcherbachenko - September 7, 9, 11

Olga, her daughter
Margarita Mamsirova - September 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 
Svetlana Shilova - September 11

Filippievna, the nurse
Emma Sarkisyan - September 6, 7, 8, 10 
Irina Udalova - September 9, 11

Eugene Onegin
Mariusz Kwiecien - September 6, 10
Vasily Ladyuk - September 7, 9
Vladislav Sulimsky - September 8, 11

Vladimir Lensky
Andrei Dunaev - September 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 
Roman Shulakov - September 9

Prince Gremin
Anatoli Kotscherga  - September 6, 8, 10 
Mikhail Kazakov -September 7, 11
Alexander Naumenko -September 9

Valery Gilmanov