OPERA SOUTH EAST – Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky
White Rock Theatre, Hastings Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April 2018
This year marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Opera South East, then known as Hastings Opera, first performing at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings, with a production of Bizet’s Carmen in September of 1983.
This year also marks fifteen years of collaboration with Artistic Director, Fraser Grant, who has directed no less than seventeen out of the last twenty-five productions for Opera South East.
Opera South East welcomes Fraser Grant back again to direct this April’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. His interpretation in bringing Tchaikovsky’s musical moods— tender, grand, and melancholy — gives each free rein. The opera, based on Pushkin’s iconic verse novel, is the story of Onegin, the definitive romantic Russian aristocrat caught between convention and boredom, and the young Tatiana, who grows from sentimental adolescent into sophisticated woman. Tchaikovsky gives voice to the casualties of love, the victims in the battle between raw emotion and social convention. This exciting new production from director Fraser Grant sees the action set in 1820 in rural Russia moving forward to the glittering imperial aristocracy of St. Petersburg nearly a decade later. Fully costumed in the period in which it was set, this will be a feast for the eyes.
Opera South East is delighted to introduce to Hastings’ audiences the exciting young Australian soprano, Kristy Swift, who will be performing the role of Tatiana. Brian Kellow of OPERA NEWS said of one of her recent performances, “Swift gave what seemed to me a perfect performance… She pulled off one of the most difficult things to do on an opera stage: there seemed to be no artifice to her acting at all. Nothing was ever overstressed: she simply was.” She will be joined by Rene Bloice-Sanders in the title role, with Jonathan Cooke and Felicity Buckland in the roles of Lenski and Olga. Kristy will be joined by her fellow countrymen, Jeremy Vinogradov and David Woloszko who will be performing the roles of M Triquet and Prince Gremin respectively.
Conducted by Kenneth Roberts, who was in at the very start, and has not missed one production in all these years; he will be joined by the Sussex Concert Orchestra.
• For more information and tickets visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-Eugene-Onegin-Tchaikovsky-hastings-2018
Orchestrawonderful feast of music and drama. Seats throughout!
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