Eugene Onegin

In Review Stage Reviews
Komische Oper Berlin 2017-18 Review – Eugene Onegin: Barrie Kosky’s Rendition of Tchaikovsky Masterwork Destined to Be Remembered Forever
The Komische Oper in Berlin has soared in reputation under the leadership of Barrie Kosky for its innovative programming.  It is regarded as the destination in town for rarely-performed opera works. Scheduling an opera trip in Berlin is full of challenges and my maiden journey to the Komische was for the altogether familiar "Eugene Onegin" by Tchaikovsky on Saturday night and it was a winner on all counts.  This co-production…
Opera For Beginners
Composer Profile: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky & His Iconic ‘Eugene Onegin’ & ‘The Queen of Spades’
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, born on May 7, 1840, is one of the most famous composers of all time. He’s best known for his symphonic work to be sure, but he was also a noted opera composer. He often adapted libretti himself and in all, composed 11 operas. His first opera, “The Voyevoda” was composed between 1867 and 1868. His final work, “Iolanta” came together in 1891. As was always his…
High Notes On This Day
Fun Facts About Sergei Leiferkus’ Met Opera Career
Russian Baritone Sergei Leiferkus, born on April 4, 1946, is recognized for his unique vocal quality. If you haven’t heard him before, then you should, because he has one of the most individual sounds you’ll ever hear. In fact, here’s an excerpt from a role we will talk about in a bit. In any case, the baritone enjoyed a solid career in the world of Italian and Russian opera, performing…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’
Tchaikovsky wrote several operas throughout his career, but none have stood the test of time quite like “Eugene Onegin.” The opera, which opened on March 29, 1879, is renowned for its sweeping melodic pulse and the tremendous emotional punch that Tchaikovsky punches throughout. The work is based on Pushkin’s famed novel and verse. Short Plot Summary Onegin and his friend Lensky visit the Larin estate where they run into Tatiana…
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The 6 Must-See Performers of the Canadian Opera Company 2018-19 Season
The Canadian Opera Company has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature six operas. Every opera is undeniably the sum of all its parts, but there is certainly a lot to be said about how one performer can become the big story for his or her upcoming showcase. Here is a look at the six exciting singers to keep an eye for in this upcoming season of the COC.  Joyce…
High Notes Opera Meets Film
Opera Meets Film: How ‘Eugene Onegin’ Creates Character Empathy in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’
“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment features Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” We are around the halfway mark of…
High Notes On This Day
4 Essential Video Recordings By Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien
Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien has delivered some of the finest performances of the past decade, cementing himself as one of the greatest singing actors of his generation. Born on Nov. 4, the baritone has explored a wide-range of repertoire, always showcasing nuance in both his singing and his acting. He started his career back in native Poland before becoming a member of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, and then…
In Review Stage Reviews
Oper Frankfurt 2017-18 Review – Eugene Onegin: A Touching and Clever Version of Tchaikovsky’s Gem
"Eugene Onegin" by Tchaikovsky is based on the novel by the same name by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, whose writings centered around the title character. But what of the equally important perspective of Tatiana, the woman in love with Onegin before he shatters her dreams? In the production of "Onegin" performed by Oper Frankfurt seen Friday night, the work of another great Russian writer is a major visual…
High Notes On This Day
4 Russian Roles Dmitri Hvorostovsky Made His Own
The last few years have been difficult for baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and his beloved opera fans, including yours truly. A brilliant actor with a rich and layered voice, Hvorostovsky is a consummate artist if there ever was one. Even on days when his voice is not at its peak (as was the case at the recent Metropolitan Opera gala), he still knows how to impact the listener in a visceral…
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Raquel Gonzalez To Replace Joyce El-Khoury At Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
Raquel Gonzalez will replace Joyce El-Khoury at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City announced that Gonzalez will make her house debut in the role of Tatiana filling in for El-Khoury who was originally scheduled. The switch was due to the fact that El-Khoury will replace Nadine Sierra in some of the performances at the Royal Opera House of "La Bohème" in the role of Musetta.…