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From Novel in Verse to Opera: Pushkin, Tchaikovsky, and Eugene Onegin

Exhibit in Knight Library, February 1 - March 31, 2016

Exhibit poster features portrait painting of Aleksandr Pushkin
Illustration from Eugene Onegin:
"The Duel" by Alik Polishchuk (Age 7)

In conjunction with Eugene Opera's 2016 production of Eugene Onegin, this exhibition at Knight Library explores Russian intellectual and cultural life of the nineteenth century, when Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837) and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) flourished.

Pushkin, Russia’s greatest poet and prose writer, wrote his novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, between 1823-1831. It became a revered national masterpiece, recited by actors on the Russian stage since the early 1840s. As an act of sincere tribute to a poet of unsurpassed genius, Tchaikovsky composed an opera based on Eugene Onegin, which premiered in Moscow in 1879.

Through the UO Libraries’ exhibit, viewers can explore a variety of materials pertaining to this classic work of Russian literature: Pushkin’s illustrations to his novel in verse, Tchaikovsky’s comments in his letters and diaries, scores and recordings of the opera, programs published by various opera companies that have staged the work, and many other artifacts.

Concurrent Events:

Talk and Performance: Tchaikovsky’s Portrayal of Onegin - presented by Ann Shaffer, UO Libraries music librarian
Monday, February 22, 6 p.m., Central Lutheran Church (1857 Potter Street, Eugene)

Talk: “And that something is Music”: Tchaikovsky and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin - presented by Susanna Lim, UO associate professor of Russian literature
Tuesday, March 1, 6 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library (10th and Olive, Eugene)

TheaterEugene Oregin, an original bilingual play based on Pushkin's Eugene Onegin
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, 2:30 p.m., University of Oregon: Global Scholars Hall Room 123 (1710 E. 15th Ave., Eugene)

Art Exhibition: Pushkin through the Eyes of a Child - original artwork by students (age 7-10) of the Little Owl School of Arts
February 1 - March 31, University of Oregon: Global Scholars Hall (1710 E. 15th Ave., Eugene)

More information about concurrent events is available on Eugene Opera's website.

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