Pictured: Erhard Rom’s set rendering for EUGENE ONEGIN. Photo courtesy of The Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City opens its 60th Anniversary season with Tchaikovsky’s compelling masterpiece, EUGENE ONEGIN at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Russian with English subtitles.
In this musical adaptation of a literary classic, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky turned Alexander Pushkin’s Russian “novel in verse” into one of the world’s most beloved operas. Awash in aristocratic formality and extravagance, Onegin’s youthful disillusionment snowballs into a tragic love story saturated with drama, reversal of affections, betrayal of friendship, and death.
Directed by Tomer Zvulun, the principal cast features Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana), Morgan Smith (Eugene Onegin), Jonathan Johnson (Lensky), Megan Marino (Olga), Paul Whelan (Prince Gremin), Jane Bunnell (Filipyevna), Alice Chung (Madame Larina), Steven Cole (Monsieur Triquet), and Tim Murray (Zaretsky/Captain).
The artistic staff includes Ari Pelto (Conductor), Erhard Rom (Set Design), Ray Diffen and Isabella Bywater (Costume Design), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design), Logan Pachciarz (Dance Choreography), Alison Hanks (Wig and Make-Up Design), Mark Ferrell (Chorus Master), and Sadie DeSantis (Stage Manager).
General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler said, “This year begins with an opera considered by many to be the greatest Russian drama in the operatic repertoire, EUGENE ONEGIN. It is lyrical and powerful with its magnificent music, strong characters, and virtuosic singing. Lyric Opera of KC’s audiences will be first to see this all new production, built at our very own Production Arts Building, as part of another ambitious co-production partnership we’ve created with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Atlanta Opera and Seattle Opera. Our mission is to make Lyric Opera of Kansas City indispensable to the public through transformational opera experiences and broad service that captures the hearts and minds of our communities. You will not be disappointed.”
EUGENE ONEGIN runs Sept. 30, Oct. 4, 6 and 8. For more information, including ticket purchase, visit kcopera.org. A limited number of student rush tickets are available for $15 90 minutes before the performances, with a valid student ID.