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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