A Tchaikovsky love story
Opera | Eugene Onegin Sept. 30 to Nov. 3, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Based on a 19th-century Pushkin classic, Tchaikovsky’s opera is a lesson in the perils of snobbery. The titular hero (sung by Canadian bassbaritone Gordon Bintner) is a sophisticated and cynical man who attracts the unwanted attention of teenage Tatyana while visiting a country estate. She falls for him instantly, spending hours pouring her heart into an ardent letter, but he rejects her. Years later, they meet again. This time she’s the elegant wife of a St. Petersburg aristocrat, and it’s Onegin’s turn to beg.