One of my all-time favorite
opera experiences was seeing Tchaikovsky’s Eugene
Onegin broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera at a movie theater in Indianapolis about three years ago. I was just swept away by the music, the
singing, the acting, and the staging. So much about this opera, and this
production, was beautiful.
Eugene Onegin (Dmitri Hvorostovsky) and Tatiana (Renée Fleming)
I’m not the only one who felt
this way. Count Garrison Keillor in the fan club; he wrote a article about it
for Salon magazine in 2007: “Heaven is Renee Fleming’s Bare Shoulder.” It was also popular enough to one of the few
productions to be part of the Met’s encore series this summer. It will be
showing in Barboursville and Morgantown tomorrow (Wednesday) evening!
I’ve been making plans with
some friends for to go see the broadcast at the Huntington Mall. If you
have some time on Wednesday evening, I highly recommend that you find a theater near you and go see this production of Eugene Onegin. I’m a touch
nervous that it won’t be quite as magical as I remember it, but mostly I’m very
happy to get to see it again and to share it with my friends.
(If you aren’t able to get
out to see it in the theater, you can also find it on DVD.)