This is a repeating eventFebruary 27, 2020 7:45 pm
(Wednesday) 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
South Hill Park, Ringmead, RG12 7PA
£18 – £24
Park Opera Eugene Onegin Following its exciting production of Verdi’s Macbeth, this acclaimed company is proud to present Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s heartbreakingly beautiful masterpiece. Tatyana’s quiet existence in the country is turned
Following its exciting production of Verdi’s Macbeth, this acclaimed company is proud to present Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s heartbreakingly beautiful masterpiece. Tatyana’s quiet existence in the country is turned upside down with the arrival of the handsome and charismatic Eugene Onegin. Overwhelmed by her feelings, she declares her love to him in a passionate letter, but he arrogantly rejects her romantic dreams, and torments her by flirting with her sister. A tragic duel ensues, and he flees the country, searching for peace. Years later, at a splendid ball in St Petersburg, he meets Tatyana again, and his world is changed forever in their final explosive encounter. This is an opera which is inhabited by genuine human characters whose small triumphs and tragedies we can relate to, and really care about.
Tchaikovsky’s wonderful score abounds in the plaintive melodies, lively folk tunes and exuberant dance music for which he is so famous, and includes the haunting and much-loved tenor aria “Oh where, oh where have flown my days of springtime?”.
The opera is set in early nineteenth century Russia, with gorgeous period costumes, superb soloists, chorus and orchestra. The pivotal role of the flawed hero Onegin is taken by young baritone Alexander Berman, who makes his debut with us, while Tatyana is played by Eleanor Janes, who has appeared for us before as YumYum in The Mikado. Tenor David Padua, who was Malcolm in our recent production of Macbeth, sings the tragic poet Lensky, and newcomer Harriet Kirk plays Tatyana’s flirtatious sister Olga. Jeremy Andrews brings his sonorous bass to the role of Prince Gremin, and the cast includes other Park Opera favourites Anna Loveday, George Priestley, Susan Moore and Peter Kidson.
The performance is in the experienced hands of Sallie Ward, who has directed many of Park Opera’s productions, including last year’s Macbeth, and the Music Director is renowned local conductor Brian Henry.
This production promises to be a feast for all the senses, and must not be missed.
Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series
February 27, 2020 7:45 pmFebruary 28, 2020 7:45 pmFebruary 29, 2020 7:45 pm