4 Days Until Opening Night: Onegin and Lenski

Eugene Onegin’s two leading men have to be red-carpet ready in just a few days. So Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala took a trip to Macy’s to browse the designer tuxedo collection.

For Kwiecien, performing at the Met on opening night is old hat: this will be his third time opening the season (after Lucia di Lammermoor in 2007 and L’Elisir d’Amore last year). “It’s almost routine now,” he says. “It is such a special day, everyone is so focused on the opening that the pressure is so great. But that’s why we like it! And even if I am nervous, once I start singing it goes away.” On the way to Macy’s, two buses with photos of Mariusz as Onegin passed by. “Surreal,” he said. 

Onegin bus

Beczala, on the other hand, has never performed on opening night before–but nerves aren’t coming into play. “I don’t have any experience with the red carpet! I’m looking forward to seeing how the whole thing works.”

Piotr at Macy's

While neither singer is any stranger to the tuxedo, there is a special pressure to choosing the right one to wear to the opening night gala. But Beczala was not phased. “We were born in tuxedos,” he said.

M&P in tuxes

Photos: Jonathan Tichler/Met Opera
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2 Responses to 4 Days Until Opening Night: Onegin and Lenski

  1. cgb1@nyu.edu says:

    I was lucky enough to attend the final dress rehearsal on Thursday. I have one question, did either of you think the choice of rifles for the duel a little odd?

  2. operababe says:

    I was also at the final dress, and may I say this is one of the finest performances I’ve seen at the Met! The principals were outstanding, and the singing was extraordinary! Mariusz Kwiecien is the finest Onegin I’ve seen. Piotr Beczala’s Kuda, Kuda was gloriously sung, and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana, takes your breath away!
    I did think the choice of rifles for the duel scene was odd, but perhaps it was for a bigger stage effect? My seat was in the 5th row, dead center, and I was shaking for several minutes, at the end of the second act.
    Chapeau, Peter Gelb!!!

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