Opera Wire–Eugene Onegin: Barrie Kosky’s Rendition of Tchaikovsky Masterwork Destined to Be Remembered Forever

Onegin 2018 production

May 21 2018
by Santosh Venkatamaran

The Komische Oper in Berlin has soared in reputation under the leadership of Barrie Kosky for its innovative programming.  It is regarded as the destination in town for rarely-performed opera works.

Scheduling an opera trip in Berlin is full of challenges and my maiden journey to the Komische was for the altogether familiar “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky on Saturday night and it was a winner on all counts.  This co-production with the Opernhaus Zurich was a sparkling version which featured some of the best acting you will see in an opera with all the parts of singing, setting and orchestral music fitting in seamlessly together.

While the cast worked wonders collectively, the star may have been maestro Jordan de Souza. The Kapellmeister at KOB guided a Komische Oper orchestra that formed a luminous sound with Tchaikovsky’s score. One’s heart was pulled along with every melody under the baton of de Souza, who should be heard from in the future.