Eugene Onegin 10/14-10/21Buy Tickets
DETROIT, Mich.–Michigan Opera Theatre opens its 2018-19 opera series with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
The work is Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera, though he is better known as the composer of “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “The Sleeping Beauty” and the “1812 Overture.” This opera is based on the Russian classic by Alexander Pushkin and is the beginning of MOT’s opera series based off of classic literature.
Onegin is considered a classic of Russian literature, and its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of Russian literary heroes (so-called superfluous men). It was published in serial form between 1825 and 1832. The first complete edition was published in 1833, and the currently accepted version is based on the 1837 publication.
One of the main themes of Eugene Onegin is the relationship between fiction and real life. People are often shaped by art, and the work is packed with allusions to other major literary works.
Another major element is Pushkin’s creation of a woman of intelligence and depth in the character of Tatyana, whose vulnerable sincerity and openness on the subject of love has made her, despite her apparent naïveté, the heroine of countless Russian women. Pushkin, in the final chapter, fuses his Muse and Tatyana’s new ‘form’ in society after a lengthy description of how she has guided him in his works.