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    Eugene Onegin

    Today, I saw the Met's compelling production of Tchaikovsky's EO,with Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostvosky. This is my first experience with the opera, after reading Pushkin's "novel in verse", and I now see why Russians consider this one of their great works of art. Has anyone else seen this current production?

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    i haven't, but years ago I did see the movie version with Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler (who's very good in this). Good film, I'd recommend it. I think that in order to watch movies based on Russian literature, you have to FULLY embrace their Russianness which a lot of Americans find difficult. But it isn't melodrama, it's just different, and this movie did it very well.
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    I would like to see a Broadway version of Gogol's Dead Souls; I'd gladly play a dancing ghost of a serf.

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    Re: Eugene Onegin

    I have seen the Russian State Opera's production, but not the Met's. I would love to do so but will have to wait until it comes out on video.

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    Re: Eugene Onegin

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    I would like to see a Broadway version of Gogol's Dead Souls; I'd gladly play a dancing ghost of a serf.
    Yes - "Myortvyye dushi" - One of the crowning achievements of Russian Lit, I enjoy it too. It was made into an opera in 1976 by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932). I've never seen it staged. Its been described as aleatoric/serial music - which doesn't sound very flattering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    i haven't, but years ago I did see the movie version with Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler (who's very good in this). Good film, I'd recommend it. I think that in order to watch movies based on Russian literature, you have to FULLY embrace their Russianness which a lot of Americans find difficult. But it isn't melodrama, it's just different, and this movie did it very well.
    Sound interesting. I wasn't aware of this movie. I'll try to look for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    I would like to see a Broadway version of Gogol's Dead Souls; I'd gladly play a dancing ghost of a serf.
    Never happen. People's heads would explode trying to process the information that there's little to no difference between 19th century Russia and modern America.
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