Composed by: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto by: P. Tchaikovsky + K. Shilovsky
Based on the verse novel by: A. Pushkin
Directed by: Jonathan Fox
Opera Santa Barbara, CA
Conducted by: Valéry Ryvkin
Lighting by: Helena Kuukka
"Opera Santa Barbara’s Eugene Onegin brought a large and enthusiastic crowd to the Lobero Theatre on Friday, March 1, for a splendid evening featuring some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest music and a host of excellent performances.
The stage direction by Jonathan Fox was spot-on; the choreography, especially of such sequences as the peasant dance, was delightful; and Steven C. Kemp’s simple yet effective set design came across as clear as day, especially when the giant circular moon over Tatiana’s bedroom changed color and became the rising sun."
Santa Barbara Independent
"Particularly striking was the opening scene in which the singing farm workers formed a procession across the back of the stage among the birch tree trunks."