Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Boston Ballet Onegin--February 25, 2016
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:
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.
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: