About Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera
A new production from Deborah Warner of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s lyric opera stars prima donna Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin, who thoughtlessly rejects Tatiana only to realize his love for her too late. Based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse, the story covers a grand sweep of mood and scenery, ending in a climactic snowstorm. Acclaimed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will be at the podium.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso, and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
The list of conductors who have led the Met’s performances is equally storied, including Arturo Toscanini, Gustav Mahler, Bruno Walter, and the current music director, James Levine, who has been with the Met since 1971. Levine has conducted more than 2,500 performances, more than any other conductor in the opera’s history.
Through its broadcasts on PBS and on radio as well as HD Live cinema telecasts, the Met has brought the beauty of opera into the lives of millions of listeners, but there is no substitute for the thrill of a live performance of the works of history’s greatest composers.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Russian with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish.
Not yet announced
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions, and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels, and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
The first performance of Onegin, in Hamburg in 1892, was conducted by Gustav Mahler. Tchaikovsky was present, and received numerous ovations over the course of the evening, and several curtain calls.
Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, as well as Tchaikovsky’s operatic version, are iconic works of art in Russian culture, touching on themes of personal identity and the stifling nature of social convention.
This Met production is great for lovers of the high emotional drama that the Russians do so well, and of the lush orchestration that was Tchaikovsky’s hallmark.
Good for kids?
This production, sung in Russian, may not be enjoyed by younger children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center