Eugene Onegin Earns Rave reviews at Florida Grand Opera.
February 1, 2017
Florida Grand Opera presents Tchaikovsky's best loved opera, Eugene Onegin, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on January 31, February 3, and 4. This run is followed by performances on February 9 and 11 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Au-Rene Theater in Fort Lauderdale.
This production marks the first time Eugene Onegin has been staged at Florida Grand Opera in seventeen years, and the critics seem delighted to welcome it back. The opening-night Tatyana, Dina Kuznetsova, has received unanimous acclaim. Florida Theater On Stagepraised her for turning the opera's famous Letter Scene into "a tour de force which earned some of the most sustained applause heard in recent seasons." Talkin' Broadway wrote that Kuznetsova "acts with as much brilliance as she sings."
South Florida Classical Review singled out Franco Pomponi's "booming, dark-hued baritone" as Onegin and hailed Denyce Graves's "dusky voice...She received some of the biggest cheers of the evening at the final curtain calls." Talkin' Broadway called Graves "absolutely thrilling" and Chad Johnson's performance of Lensky's famous second-act aria "heartbreaking."
"Eugene Onegin is one of my favorite operas, and I have wanted to present it in Florida for some time," says Florida Grand Opera's General Director and CEO, Susan T. Danis. "Its reception by critics and audiences is enormously gratifying."
Tchaikovsky's brooding romantic drama, based on the famous novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin, had its premiere in 1879. It has become the most popular of all Russian operas—a genuine romantic classic. It tells the story of Tatyana, a shy, bookish young Russian girl who falls in love with the self-absorbed and aloof Eugene Onegin. When he tells her he is unable to return her love, he sets off a shocking chain of events that leads him to kill his best friend, the poet Lensky, in a duel. Years later, Onegin and Tatyana meet again, in one of the most haunting and painful final scenes in all of opera.
Schedule of Performances
Sung in Russian with projected titles in English and Spanish
MIAMI ♦ Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Ziff Ballet Opera House Saturday, January 28, 2017 7pm Sunday, January 29, 2017 2pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8pm Friday, February 3, 2017 8pm Saturday, February 4, 2017 8pm
FORT LAUDERDALE ♦ Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:30pm Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:30pm