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Eugene Onegin

When: Wed., July 7 2010

Brier Creek & North Hills theaters—Alexander Pushkin's verse novel of the tragic Russian dandy whose persona is shaped by literature is the sort of work that sends pretentious English majors into soul-searching funks. This writer may be speaking from personal experience. Tchaikovsky's 1879 opera created a unique form of "lyrical opera," adapting highlights from the title character's life without a continuous narrative flow. (According to sources, this was because the source material was so well known in Russia that audiences could mentally fill in the gaps; modern American audiences might not be so lucky.) The Metropolitan Opera has found great success using modern HD technology to bring its offerings to the hinterlands. However, tonight's production won't be live; rather, it's a "summer encore." The show begins at 6:30 p.m.; the production is conducted by Valery Gergiev and stars Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. —Zack Smith

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