Inspired by the 30-Day Opera Challenge done by Austin Lyric Opera, the staff at Edmonton Opera have taken on a 30-question challenge of their own. Each week, we'll post answers from staff members about various aspects of opera, whether it's their favourite aria, an opera house they'd like to visit, or an open-ended question about what they would do if they could create, sing, conduct, etc., an opera.
We welcome your comments with your own opinion on the question, either on the blog or via social media.
What's your favourite moment in Eugene Onegin?
Ha Neul Kim, company and stage manager: I love Act 2, Scene 1 when Lenski gets so mad and sad about Olga dancing with Onegin. It's so sad to watch.
Mickey Melnyk, stewardship officer: One of my favourite moments in Eugene Onegin is Tatiana's yearning theme in her letter during her aria in Act 1 — one of the most powerful solo scenes for the soprano voice. However, my heart breaks for the young poet, Lenski, when he sings Kuda, kuda in Act 2.
Jelena Bojic, director of community relations: Definitely when Onegin falls in love with this beautiful woman, and then realizes it's someone who loved him and he rejected her years ago. I just it's the first moment he regrets rejecting Tatiana's love.
Sandra Gajic, CEO: My favourite moment in this opera is when Lenski waits for an hour for Onegin to show up for the duel. In that winter scene of desolation when Lenski sense that his life has come to an end and those first few notes that will open his aria Kuda, kuda — a sense of wasted youth, life right there in those moments.