10 Reasons to see Hawaii Opera Theatre's Eugene Onegin
1: IT’S GRAND
The magic and power of the local, volunteer HOT Chorus collides with a full symphony, magnificent sets and scenery, and world-class opera singers for truly grand opera! Eugene Onegin is “a deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances, and a heart-stopping duel,” according to Opera 101. See all of the arts – music, theater, staging, literature, etc. – come together in perfect harmony for HOT’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
2: IT’S RUSSIAN
In a time when all we seem to hear about Russia is bad news, experience Russia’s best. Iconic Russian literature by Pushkin brought to life with one of Russia’s most famous composers, Tchaikovsky, and performed in the beautiful Russian language. But don’t worry, there are English supertitles!
3: IT’S RARE
Sure, you can see Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet every year in Hawaii. But how often do you get the chance to hear his most loved opera, Eugene Onegin? The last time HOT produced the opera was 2003. Don’t let another 15 years go by without hearing the opera live!
4: IT’S STAR-STUDDED
Opera stars Ryan McKinny (Onegin) and Melody Moore (Tatyana) are back together for the first time in years! They were last onstage together for HOT’s 2015 production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Joining them onstage is a multi-national cast, including singers making their debuts from Serbia, Kazakhstan, and Russia.
5: IT’S EMPOWERING
Some have said that Eugene Onegin should be named Tatyana. Her character transforms from an impressionable, quiet country girl to a confident, powerful young woman. And though she begins the opera downtrodden, she finishes triumphant.
6: IT’S LITERARY
Pushkin’s poetry, which is the basis for the opera, has been likened to Shakespeare. The character of Eugene Onegin is the original ‘superfluous man,’ or anti-hero, influencing Anton Chekhov and countless other narratives since its inception. The story of Eugene Onegin can be compared to Romeo & Juliet, Pride & Prejudice, and more literary and theatrical favorites.
7: IT’S DRAMATIC
Passion. Revenge. Regret. And an action-packed duel. Get ready for even more drama than “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.
8: IT’S NEW
Be one of the first audiences to see this ALL-NEW production, co-produced by HOT in collaboration with Seattle Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
9: IT’S TCHAIKOVSKY
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the romantic period. His works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire, including his 1812 Overture, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and more. His music is regarded as some of classical’s most beautiful. And his opera Eugene Onegin is considered near-perfect among opera lovers.
10: IT’S LIVE
This is an experience you can’t catch on Netflix or DVR for later. Each and every HOT performance is different from the next, and there’s only one opportunity to catch it live! Hear vocal acrobats reach the back of the 2,000-seat Blaisdell Concert hall with absolutely no amplification.
Get your tickets from $15 today! Online at Tickets.HawaiiOpera.Org or by phone at 808-596-7858.
Dates and Times:
Apr 20, 2018, Friday, 7:30pm
Apr 22, 2018, Sunday, 4:00pm
Apr 24, 2018, Tuesday, 7:30pm
All performances at the Blaisdell Concert Hall
Approximately 3 hours with 2 intermissions.