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.
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.”
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.