Title

Eugene Onegin: Act III Finale - Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Presenter Information

Andrea Hansen

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom D

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Eugene Onegin is a Russian opera in three acts by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, one of the most prominent Russian composers of the late Romantic period of the 19th century. The storyline for the opera is based on the novel of the same title by Alexander Pushkin, about the complicated relationship between the title character and Tatyana, the object of his uncertain affection. The third act Finale portrays the complex emotions of first love and the necessity of duty as Onegin tries to rekindle the affections of the now-married Tatyana. Tatyana herself is torn between giving in to the man she has always loved and remaining faithful to her husband, thus preventing a scandal. In her last attempt to prove her resolve, Tatyana rejects Onegin’s pleas of love and sends him away forever, leaving him alone in his despair. This opera contains expressive and engaging melodies that, while often repetitive, give the true impression of dialogue to the characters, in addition to lush orchestration that has a distinctive Russian flavor - both hallmarks of Tchaikovsky’s training and compositional style. Though not very popular outside of Russia at the time of the premier, Eugene Onegin has today become acknowledged as a prime example of Russian lyric opera composition, as well as evidence of Tchaikovsky’s talents in opera among the many genres of music composition. Preparation for this scene has required extensive Russian language training in addition to the already-rigorous demands of learning Tchaikovsky’s music and preparing dramatic and engaging staging.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gayla Blaisdell, Maria Roditeleva-Wibe

Additional Mentoring Department

Music

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Eugene Onegin: Act III Finale - Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

SURC Ballroom D

Eugene Onegin is a Russian opera in three acts by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, one of the most prominent Russian composers of the late Romantic period of the 19th century. The storyline for the opera is based on the novel of the same title by Alexander Pushkin, about the complicated relationship between the title character and Tatyana, the object of his uncertain affection. The third act Finale portrays the complex emotions of first love and the necessity of duty as Onegin tries to rekindle the affections of the now-married Tatyana. Tatyana herself is torn between giving in to the man she has always loved and remaining faithful to her husband, thus preventing a scandal. In her last attempt to prove her resolve, Tatyana rejects Onegin’s pleas of love and sends him away forever, leaving him alone in his despair. This opera contains expressive and engaging melodies that, while often repetitive, give the true impression of dialogue to the characters, in addition to lush orchestration that has a distinctive Russian flavor - both hallmarks of Tchaikovsky’s training and compositional style. Though not very popular outside of Russia at the time of the premier, Eugene Onegin has today become acknowledged as a prime example of Russian lyric opera composition, as well as evidence of Tchaikovsky’s talents in opera among the many genres of music composition. Preparation for this scene has required extensive Russian language training in addition to the already-rigorous demands of learning Tchaikovsky’s music and preparing dramatic and engaging staging.