Co-opera presents Eugene Onegin
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Eugene Onegin, a Lyric opera in three acts by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Wednesday 29 March, Casino Civic Hall, 7 for a 7.30pm start
First performed in 1879 Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin was based very closely on Pushkin’s novel in verse of the same title, and maintains the essence of Pushkin’s poetry and natural speech. Opera singer, Yelizaveta Lavrovskava suggested to Tchaikovsky he could base an opera on Pushkin’s story but initially he didn’t see it as much of an idea. After dismissing the notion, he found himself thinking about the piece which quickly turned to great excitement about the possibilities it might hold, and he then began work immediately. He believed the opera needed the utmost simplicity and sincerity and it is these very aspects which make the work so meaningful today. It was first received outside of Russia with only a mediocre response but a performance in Hamburg conducted by Mahler, with applause throughout the performance and a standing ovation at the end, launched its success worldwide.
The opera is packed full of glorious melodies, lush orchestration, wonderful choruses and a gripping story. Many audio recordings and screen versions of the opera have been made and Pushkin’s novel has been translated to stage and screen many times with the most recent movie being an English adaptation starring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler.