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'Eugene Onegin' Opera to Be Performed

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February 14, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A heart-wrenching work from one of opera’s masters will be performed at Northwestern University this winter, as Northwestern continues its 2005-06 opera season with Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1879 romantic tale “Eugene Onegin.”

Performances of “Eugene Onegin” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the University’s Evanston campus. It will be sung in English.

Part of the standard operatic repertoire, “Eugene Onegin” is based on a novel-in-verse of the same name, written by Aleksandr Pushkin in 1833. In this three-act opera, tragedy ensues when the heartless title character coldly rejects the advances of the passionate, young Tatiana. With music by Tchaikovsky and libretto by Konstantin Shilovsky and Tchaikovsky, it was first performed in 1879 at the Malyi Theatre in Moscow.

Northwestern’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece will be directed by Noel Koran and conducted by Victor Yampolsky.

A veteran of opera as an actor, singer and director in the United States and Europe, Koran won first-place awards from the National Opera Association in 1998 and 1999. Koran is director of opera for Northwestern’s School of Music.

Yampolsky, a longtime School of Music faculty member, has appeared as guest conductor throughout the United States and the world.

“Eugene Onegin” is the second production in the School of Music’s 2005-06 opera season, following Bertholt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 “The Threepenny Opera,” performed in fall 2005.

The spring 2006 production, Mozart’s lively farce “Cosí fan Tutte” will be performed in Italian with English super titles at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

Tickets for “Eugene Onegin” are $15 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $5.50 for students.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.com.

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