Fiona Shaw Will Replace Deborah Warner As Director of Met's Eugene Onegin

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Acclaimed actress Fiona Shaw will replace Deborah Warner as director of the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming season opener, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw

Warner is unable to direct her staging at the Met "due to an unexpected surgical procedure and the anticipated recovery time," according to a press statement.

Eugene Onegin will open the Met season Sept. 23 and continue for 13 performances through Dec. 12. The opening-night cast, conducted by Valery Gergiev, will feature Anna Netrebko as Tatiana, Oksana Volkova as Olga, Piotr Beczala as Lenski, Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin and Alexei Tanovitski as Gremin. Later performances, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, will star Marina Poplavskaya as Tatiana, Elena Maximova as Olga, Rolando Villazón as Lenski, Peter Mattei as Onegin and Stefan Kocán as Gremin.

The production will mark Shaw's Met debut. Her previous directorial credits include Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera, and an upcoming production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Shaw was most recently seen on Broadway in The Testament of Mary, which was directed by Warner.

Shaw’s numerous honors include Best Actress awards from the London Critics’ Circle, the Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Awards, as well as a Tony Award nomination; in 2001, she was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to drama.

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