MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Truth and Beauty

Met opening night 23 Sep  2013

(Met Instagram image of opening night: chandeliers and the crowd on plaza)

Tonight kicks off the new season at the Metropolitan Opera. Here’s my feature for the opening production — one of my favorite operas — Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin:

Scenarios of unrequited love are the stock-in-trade of opera composers, but with Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky achieved something far beyond another varia-
tion on an all-too-familiar theme. For Deborah Warner, the opera offers “a complete portrait of the human condition, viewed through the frame of the young approaching
life and love for the first time.”

(Letter Scene, Act I: Anna Netrebko in rehearsal for opening)

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