Eugene Onegin Tickets

Based on a novel in verse that was written by Alexander Pushkin, the opera Eugene Onegin revolves around the eponymous protagonist who became a model for a number of famous Russian literary heroes. The book is admired for the artfulness of its narrative verses and how it explores life, love, death and passion. Now prepare to witness this wonderful story in opera, so hurry up and buy your Eugene Onegin tickets.

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Eugene Onegin is the story about a selfish hero who lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman’s love and his neglectful incitement of a fatal duel with his own best friend. The composition of the opera consists of seven scenes which are fitted into three acts. This has been done through the sheer mastery of Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky.  The unforgettable utterances of the arioso of Lensky were penned by Tchaikovsky.  In fact, he is responsible for creating the words for the arioso of Prince Gremin which takes place in the third act’s first scene. Konstantin Shilovsky made his contributions in M. Triquet’s verses for the first scene of the 2nd act. It very closely follows the poetry that is written in the Alexander Pushkin novel of the same name.

The title of story refers to the protagonist Eugene Onegin. The first performance by this opera was at Moscow in the year 1879. It has become a very well known example of lyrical opera, in which Tchaikovsky included music that emphasizes the dramatic nature of the story.  The opera has been well received globally and consequently it has been played to rapt audiences in different parts of the world.

The concept of turning this classic Russian literature into an opera came in May of the year 1877, when Yelizaveta Lavrovskaya, who sang in the opera, suggested the idea to Tchaikovsky. According to the Tchaikovsky’s memoirs, he was not very receptive to the idea initially. However, after a while he was able to understand the need for it.

Konstantin Shilovsky offered to help Tchaikovsky in composing the opera. He used the original verses for Alexander Pushkin’s novel. However, he shed light on only those events and incidents that would highlight the ethos and pathos of the central characters. Since the story of Alexander Pushkin’s novel was so well known, Tchaikovsky’s opera version was not a continuous story; it only contains selected highlights of Eugene Onegin’s life. Tchaikovsky wanted the performance of the opera to be simple but sincere. He made the audience more involved and gave them credit for knowing the whole story, so that even if certain irrelevant facts were omitted, the audience would know. Tchaikovsky with the assistance of Shilovsky was able to complete his masterpiece in January, 1878.

The unique thing about the debut of the opera was that amateurs and students performed it since Tchaikovsky wanted Moscow Conservatory to be the first place where it was shown. The premiere took place at the Maly Theatre, Moscow on the March of 1879. The opera was conducted by Nikolai Rubinstein. The opera was successfully performed and two years later at the Bolshoi Theatre on 23rd of January 1881, the first performance of Eugene Onegin took place with Eduard Napravnik as the conductor.

Apart from Russia, the Eugene Onegin opera has been performed in several other European countries as well. The first performance of the opera outside of Russia took place in Prague, on the 6th of December in 1888. Tchaikovsky decided to take on the job of leading the opera on his own shoulders. The language used was Czech which required the services of Marie Cervinkova-Riegrova for the translation. On the 19th of January 1892, the opera was performed in Hamburg, Germany. Gustav Mahler was the conductor. Tchaikovsky was lauded for his sheer brilliance. Even Tchaikovsky himself was very impressed by Gustav Mahler’s conduction. The opera premiered in the United States as well so hurry and buy your Eugene Onegin tickets and relive this classic Russian tale.

 

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