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The Anne Wooliams 1983 production of Eugene Onegin was one of the last productions before the move to the State Theatre in 1984. The cast and the production team has thankfully been documented on the wonderfully informative AusStage site.
20130704-183533.jpg                            Suzanne Johnston with Margaret Baker-Genovesi

Luxury casting with Joan Carden singing Tatyana opposite ENO veteran, Geoffrey Chard as a suave and elegant Onegin. Keith Lewis followed on from his success as Nadir in 1980 and Faust 1981, with the VSO, to sing the doomed lover, Lensky. Ian Cousin’s provided firm support singing Zaretsky. He had been with the company for many years and had previously sung Valentin in the 1981 Faust. A young Suzanne Johnston sang Olga. She would go on to sing most of the major parts from her repertoire with the VSO including Siebel, Faust; Rosina, Barber; The Secretary, The Consul and Carmen. Noel Mangin, Gremin, was becoming a firm company favourite. A recording of him singing in Manon Lescaut with Placido Domingo and Monserrat Caballe is available here

The chorus is worth noting as many of the members would go on to shining careers including

  • Cheryl Barker OA, SOSA, VSO, ENO
  • Christine Douglas VSO, SOSA, OA
  • Francesco Fabris VSO, OA

Most of the other names on the chorus roster below would go on to form the core of the VSO Chorus as the company moved into heavier repertoire.

Conductor – Richard Divall

Director – Anne Wooliams

Design – Anne Fraser

Lighting Design – Jamieson Lewis

Peter Anderson Peasant Leader
Margaret Baker-Genovesi Madame Larina
William Bamford Monsieur Triquet
Donald Cant A Captain
Joan Carden Tatyana
Geoffrey Chard Eugene Onegin
Ian Cousins Zaretsky
Suzanne Johnston Olga
Keith Lewis Lensky
Noel Mangin Prince Gremin
Bev Shean Filipyevna
Evan Zachariah Giullot
Andrea Aitken Chorus
Peter Allen Chorus
Pauline Ashleigh-Marum Chorus
Julian Bailey Chorus
Trish Ball Chorus
Cheryl Barker Chorus
Len Britton Chorus
David Butterfield Chorus
Peter Cox Chorus
Ian Dickson Chorus
Christine Douglas Chorus
Francesco Fabris Chorus
Lola GIbney Chorus
Michael Gough Chorus
Peter Hannah Chorus
Tony Jenkins Chorus
Jerzy Kozlowski Chorus
Mary Lawrey Chorus
Des Lukey Chorus
Jeannie Marsh Chorus
John Marshall Chorus
John Marum Chorus
Val Mills Chorus
Bette Opitz Chorus
Dianne Pitt Chorus
Edwin Roberts Chorus
Mary Ryan Chorus
Ariel Saltmarsh Chorus
Barbara Sambell Chorus
Barry Skelton Chorus