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The Ljubljana Opera is ending its season with Evgeni Onegin, an emotional story about today

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Directed by Vinko Möderndorfer and conducted by the Kazakh conductor Alan Buribaev

“This opera features people who are looking for love, but miss it, lose it. They regret that they reacted wrongly at a certain moment. Who make serious mistakes. And so on,” describes director Vinko Möderndorfer.



“These are all these things that we also experience in our lives today. Everyone actually has a part of these experiences or goes through these experiences,” said the director.

The premiere of the opera Eugene Onegin by the composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky directed Vinko Möderndorfer and under the baton of a Kazakh conductor Alan Buribaeva, which has three acts and three different casts, will be at SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. It is the last premiere of this season.

An opera written by Tchaikovsky in the second half of the 19th century based on excerpts from the novel of the same name Alexander Pushkindespite everything, also talks about the present time, especially on an emotional level, which has not changed over the centuries, the director describes.


Photo: Darja Štravs Tisu

“We tried to make an emotional lace of relationships between the characters,” explained Möderndorfer, adding that they were in some way forced to actualize their relations due to the chronic lack of financial resources of the Ljubljana Opera, but he himself would also like to try his hand at a classical, historical production.

Artistic director of the Ljubljana Opera Marko Hribernik said before the premiere that he deliberately entrusted the direction to Möderndorfer, who “knows how to do” passion, blood and great emotions, and added that he succeeded in doing so.

An opera excellent both musically and fictionallyMaestro Buribaev, his longtime friend and classmate from Vienna, was described by Hribernik as an expert on both Tchaikovsky and Eugene Onegin. Buribaev, who has already conducted concerts in Slovenia, but not operas yet, described the opera Evgenij Onegin, which he will conduct for the fourth time, as a harmonious masterpiece, which is excellent both musically and fictionally. He also praised the director, singer and other creators.


Photo: Darja Štravs Tisu

Among others, the champion of the Ljubljana Opera will perform in the title role of Tatjana Martina Zadro, who this time will sing the entire role for the first time. As she said, she found herself in the role of Tatjana and she likes it. “He has fantastic vocal lines and is an extremely well-crafted character,” she described.

Among others, a guest of the Ljubljana Opera, a young Slovenian baritone, will perform the role of Onjegin Jaka Mihelac, who was on the stage of the Ljubljana Opera at the beginning of the season, in the opera Ariadne on Naxos. For him, as he said, the role of Onegin is a great challenge and at the same time a great honor and joy, and he can contribute the most to the role by being well-prepared vocally, he said.

The ballet ensemble of the Ljubljana Opera also performsThe ballet ensemble of the Ljubljana Opera also performs in the opera, which in a way provides a cross-section of the social vertical. Choreography is work Rosane Hribar. According to the director, the choreography works extremely fresh and adds a new, emotional level to the performance.


Photo: Darja Štravs Tisu

Under the minimalist scenography, venues and atmospheres, there are as many as seven, he signs off Branko Hojnik. He is a costume designer Alan the Keeperbut the costumes, as Möderndorfer emphasized once again, were adapted and collected from the fund due to the financial undernutrition of the Ljubljana Opera.

Source: Rtvslo

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