Russian Opera Society Announces Performance of Scenes from ‘Eugene Onegin’ and Holiday Greetings

By Chris Ruel

The Russian Opera Society is set to perform scenes from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” along with selections of holiday music on Dec. 15, 2022, at the National Opera Center in New York.

The program features baritone Daniel Scofield, (Chicago Lyric, Seattle Opera); soprano Zoya Gramagin, (St. Petersburg Opera Company); tenor Lucas Levy, (Opera Project Columbus, Berkshire Opera Festival); mezzo-soprano Vita Koreneva, (Metropolitan Opera Guild, Verismo Opera); Alexander Chaplinskiy, piano (Mikhailovsky Theater, Mariinsky Theater); the string duo, Musalliance, featuring: Anna Kusner (Gnessin Music Academy) and Peter Omelchenko (Gnessin Music Academy, Washington Balalaika Society).

From “Eugene Onegin,” program selections include Introduction, Andante con moto, Tatyana-Olga Duet, Scene and Olga’s Arioso, Letter Scene, Lensky’s Aria, Scene and Onegin’s Aria, and Closing Scene. Comprising the holiday selections are “March,” The Nutcracker Suite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – arr. Mikhail Pletnev, Classical Music Medley, “Pas de Deux,” The Nutcracker Suite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – arr. Mikhail Pletnev, The World Music Medley, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Carol of the Bells.”

“I want to show the gorgeous beauty of Russian classical music to our American community. Many people heard of such popular names as “Eugene Onegin” but has never been to the opera. I would like to give them a chance to hear such music masterpieces not only in expensive theaters,” stated Alexander Chaplinskiy, the Society’s Music Director.