Tony nominated actor Fiona Shaw will replace her frequent collaborator, the Tony-nominated helmer Deborah Warner, as the director of the Metropolitan Opera's season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. According to The New York Times, Warner is unable to direct her staging at the Met "due to an unexpected surgical procedure and the anticipated recovery time."
Eugene Onegin will open the Met season September 23 and continue through December 12. The production will mark Shaw's Met debut. Her previous directing 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 Colm Toibin's Tony-nominated play The Testament of Mary, which was directed by Warner and closed May 5 at the Walter Kerr Theatre after 16 regular performances. Her many other theater credits include Medea (for which she received a Tony nomination), Happy Days, Mother Courage, Hedda Gabler, The Good Person of Sichuan and The Waste Land.