On Feb. 15-17, Yale Opera will present a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, an earnest treatment of Pushkin’s ever-timely verse novel about youthful passion, heartless dismissal, and lasting regret. Nearly a century and a half after the opera’s premiere by students in Moscow, Stage Director Paul Curran and the Yale Opera reintroduce us to the title narcissist and his soul-bearing admirer, Tatiana, and Yale College alum Perry So conducts the Yale Philharmonia through the score to a story Tchaikovsky understood all too well.
This production marks the end of an era. In October, Yale Opera Artistic Director Doris Yarick-Cross and Richard Cross, who have served on the Yale School of Music faculty since 1983 and 1995, respectively, announced that they’ll retire at year’s end. They’ll teach currently enrolled students through the completion of their degree programs. Read the retirement announcement here.