British director Deborah Warner will be replaced by her friend and regular collaborator, Cork actress Fiona Shaw, in directing the Metropolitan Opera’s new version of Eugene Onegin.
Warner withdrew from the production, saying in a statement that it was due to “an unexpected surgical procedure and the expected recovery time.”
Fiona Shaw, whose collaborations with Warner include the 1995 staging of Richard II, in which she played Richard, and in Tony Kushner’s translation of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children in 2009) will take over the production.
Onegin opens the Met season on Sept 23 and will be Shaw’s Met debut, though she has directed opera in the past, for the first time in Londonin 2008, with a production of Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea at the English National Opera.
Shaw is also overseeing an upcoming touring production of Britten’s Rape of Lucretia for the Glyndebourne Opera.