Native Russian from Naperville takes a fresh look at Lyric Opera's Eugene Onegin
Mar 3, 2017 11:06 AM -
Native Russian from Naperville takes a fresh look at Lyric Opera's Eugene Onegin -- by Natalia Dagenhart The first day of March in Chicago was grey and wet, and Chicagoans were rushing along the streets with their serious faces and busy minds. For me, it was one of the best days in my life. Being a native Russian, I took a train from Naperville, where I have lived already for fifteen years, and headed toward Lyric Opera of Chicago to see their production of Eugene Onegin. Being raised on the poetry of one of the greatest Russian poets, Aleksandr Pushkin, whose novel became the basis for this opera, and on the music of my famous countryman Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, I was extremely excited to see this production. My soul was trembling in anticipation of a great meeting with the best example of Russian culture, the opera Eugene Onegin, here, in the heart of Chicago.