Eugene Onegin: Opening-Night Gala

Music, Classical and opera
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We know that Russian conductor Valery Gergiev knows Tchaikovsky's music like the back of his hand. We know that soprano Anna Netrebko will be a splendid Tatiana. We have to expect that Mariusz Kwiecien will be a strong Onegin and Piotr Beczala a potent Lenski. And we suspect that Fiona Shaw will do just fine stepping in for director Deborah Warner, who was forced to withdraw for health-related reasons. Really, the sole mystery about the Met's super-elite opening-night gala is what form the anti-Putin protests by LGBT-rights supporters will take. It's an an exciting prospect, if your pockets are deep enough.


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