Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Boston Ballet Onegin--February 25, 2016

Boston Ballet

Mikko Nissinen Artistic Director

Onegin:    Three Act Ballet by John Cranko  

John Cranko is recognized as one of the most influential choreographic forces of the 20th century. A gifted storyteller, Cranko became the Artistic Director for Stuttgart Ballet in 1961, transforming the regional dance group into a world class ballet company.
A heartrending story based on Alexander Pushkin's classic verse novel,  Onegin is one of his three most famous full-length story ballets. The other two are Romeo and Juliet and Taming of the Shrew.

 Music                Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Arrangement and Orchestration:   

Kurt-Heinz Stolze 
arranged an entirely new score that captures the spirit of Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin. He does not use a single note from the opera, choosing instead selections from Tchaikovsky's oeuvre-Compositions for Piano and excerpts from the opera The Caprices of Oxana

World Premiere: 
   April 13, 1965, Stuttgart Ballet

Boston Ballet Premiere (the first American company to present Onegin):
   May 5, 1994

Costumes, sets and properties: courtesy of Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Onegin                                     Lasha Khozashvili
Lensky, Onegin's friend         Patrick Yocum
Madame Larina, a widow      Caralin Curcio
Tatiana                                                       Petra Conti
Olga                                                              Ashley Ellis
Their Nurse                                            Sarah Wroth
Prince Gremin                                    Bo Busby 

Intermission during Opening Night's sold-out performance--Boston Opera House


Manuel Legris in a memorable performance as Oneguine (French title) at the Opera Bastille, Paris--May 2009

My most memorable performance of this glorious gem was at the Vienna State Opera House in October 2006.
For a review by Jeffry Glanz for the Boston Globe click here:

For a lovely article on preparing for the role of Tatiana click here

Sharon Basco writes for TheARTery, 90.9wbur. Click here

Keith Powers's review for The Patriot Ledger: Click here

Carolyn Ful, staff writer, review for the The Tech (MIT) online edition: Click here:

Angelica Potter writes in onstageblog.com (scroll down until review of Onegin): Click here:

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