Yesterday was the first show in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Opera season. We went to our favourite little Star Cinema for a delightful four hours of Евге́ний Оне́гин (Eugene Onegin) by Tchaikovsky. The cinema is in the middle of a major renovation and in anticipation of nice new theatre seating, the old threadbare red velvet seats were removed. Oh No – disaster! The wrong new seats were delivered and had to be sent back. Fortunately the Star has found some very comfortable alternatives until the new new seats are installed in November…we sat on the comfy sofa in the second row.
We had a delightful day, enjoyed the lovely lovely music, gorgeous singing, beautiful costumes, and interesting intermission interviews. It made us want to learn Russian so we could read Pushkin’s original poem.
Going by the performances Constance has attended, sopranos in Operatic tragedies tend to finish the night as corpses, albeit singing beautifully. For example:Tosca – stabbed; Gilda in Rigoletto – stabbed; Maria Stuarda – beheaded; Dido in Les Troyens – suicide; Desdemona in Othello – strangled; Lady Macbeth runs mad and dies; Manon dies for no apparent reason; Aida suffocates; everyone in Khovanshchina dies in a giant conflagration; so does almost everyone in Gotterdammerung….
Constance thinks the best thing about the story in this opera is Tatiana, sung by Anna Netrebko. It is rather refreshing that for once the heroine of an operatic tragedy survives and sends the notorious rake off with a flea in his ear!
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