The halls are alive with the sound of music! The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra will be having their second concert Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m. at the Department of Music Concert Hall.
Conducted by Thomas Loewenheim, the concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony and selections from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin. The opera is emotionally and romantically charged, making a night of intense and dramatic music for all audiences to enjoy.
The opera Eugene Onegin, composed by P.I. Tchaikovsky to a poem by Alexander Pushkin was first performed in Moscow in 1879 and is a timeless masterpiece about unrequited love.
The music portrays Onegin rejecting a youthful, naive Tatiana at the start of the opera and then, in turn is rejected by her at the end. Combining some of the most beautiful music ever written, poignant story and intriguing, complex characters – Onegin is the most popular Russian opera of all time.
The Department of Music is very excited to bring Onegin highlights to Fresno State. Soprano Dr. Maria Briggs (Assistant Professor of Voice, Fresno State) will be portraying Tatiana in a powerful “letter scene” and final duet with Onegin, sung by international guest artist baritone – Krassen Karagiozov. Mr. Karagiozov has premiered the role of Onegin for San Jose opera company in 2008 and will also sing Onegin’s famous rejection aria from Act 1. Fresno State choir, conducted by Dr. Cari Earnhart will perform the opera choruses.