It's Butter Week in Russia, a Mardi Gras-like holiday that takes place the week before the start of Russian Orthodox Lent. Eugene restaurant Party Downtown has a special Russian menu Friday and Saturday that embraces the celebration's decadence.
The classic lyric opera Eugene Onegin melds the music of Tchaikovsky with the literature of Alexander Pushkin, creating a romantic and dramatic piece. Eugene Opera will do a fully-orchestrated version with an international cast on Friday, March 11th and Sunday, March 13th at the Hult Center in Eugene. Eugene Opera general director Mark Beudert and music director Andrew Bisantz speak with Eric Alan.
To launch its 38th season, Eugene Opera presents Donizetti’s romantic comedy The Elixir of Love. Metropolitan Opera star Marco Nistico plays Dr. Dulcamara , the purveyor of this elixir. He speaks with Eric Alan, along with Eugene Opera’s musical director, Andrew Bisantz.
Eugene Opera presents Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at the Hult Center in Eugene, starring the Metropolitan Opera’s Emily Pulley. The opera is part of a larger citywide celebration of the women of the pioneer American West. Emily Pulley speaks with Eric Alan about her role, the cinematic score, and the universal themes of the Wild West.
Verdi’s once-controversial opera La Traviata has become an enduring standard. Eric Alan speaks with Andrew Bisantz and Mark Beudert about the Eugene Opera’s presentation of La Traviata, including the star power of soprano Leah Partridge, and why Verdi’s musical approach was revolutionary.