Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer to leave a lasting impression on the international music scene.
His works feature a variety of moods, from tender to grand to melancholy.
One of his many great works stands out for its free rein of temperament, and it is coming to the Metropolitan Opera on April 22.
“Eugene Onegin” was written as an opera by Tchaikovsky after opera singer Yelizaveta Lavrovskaya suggested the composer write an opera based on a novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin.
Tchaikovsky was not originally on board because he thought the story had a dull plot.
It cannot be said what caused the famous composer to change his mind and quit Stalin on writing the piece, but by January of 1878, “Eugene Onegin” had been successfully transformed into operatic masterpiece.
The composer worried, however, that the opera would not be accepted by the general public because of its nontraditional ways.
However, the opera was very accepted in Russia.
Well over a century after its release in Moscow, the opera is still being celebrated on an international scale.
The Met Opera is putting on a great production by Deborah Warner. Alexey Dolgov will sing the role of Lenski and Robin Ticciati will serve as conductor. Anna Netrebko will be starring as Tatiana.
The opera will broadcast on April 22 at 12:55 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets are $18, seniors and students are $15 and youth tickets are $10.