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Eugene Onegin - James Conlon

Behind the Curtain #40: Eugene Onegin - James Conlon

LA Opera: September 17, 2011

Music Director James Conlon discusses Tchaikovsky's place in the Russian operatic tradition, how he adapted one of Russia's greatest literary masterpieces for the operatic stage, and why Eugene Onegin is one of the few operatic tragedies that doesn't have a villain. "Tchaikovsky was profoundly aware that he was setting one of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, if not the greatest. The results are compelling...he pours out his heart through the human voice and the orchestra."