Saturday afternoon, November 9th at NOON
Eugene Onegin is an opera based on a novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin. The story is a classic of Russian literature telling the story of two sets of lovers. Eugene Onegin, the hardened socialite, rejects the love of passionate Tatyana Larin, while his friend, poet and romantic, Vladimir Lensky, falls head over heels for her sister, Olga.
This 2007 Met production of Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera has an all-star cast with Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, both in peak form. It is conducted by today’s leading Russian conductor, Valery Gergiev. The opera is introduced by the great Russian dancer, Mikhail Barishnikov.
Many of you may only know Tchaikovsky as a composer of ballet, but he is also quite a gifted composer of opera, with some stunningly beautiful and familiar arias.
Newcomers to opera — These DVD presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear, and any opera trivia available. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera. The DVD includes English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.
The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It will be shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm). Keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater and enjoy the show with our fabulous new projector (both made possible by your generous donations).
Socializing, barbecue and pot luck are held between 12:00-1:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. The opera starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. with a brief introduction by Phyllis Neumann.