Prepare to be swept up in a crescendo of drama and heartbreak as the opera comes to Walcha.
Described as a passionate tale of missed opportunity and unrequited love, the audience is invited into the world of Eugene Onegin, a man with movie star good looks, money, and the world at his feet, but where none of these privileges can save him from himself.
Tchaikovsky himself called it “The best thing I ever wrote”, and the opera will be sung largely in English, but with select sections in Russian – a nod to the original production. It will also feature decadent 19th century-inspired Russian costumes and an incredible 11 piece orchestra.
Co-Opera Australia are dedicated to supporting emerging artists and taking quality opera from the city to rural and remote towns, making the New England host town of Walcha the perfect platform from which to continue this mission.
This commitment also extends to announcing the debut of up-and-coming artists Bronwyn Douglass and Branko Lovrinov, who will play a young engaged couple with voices that blend together with exquisite beauty as they soar through the sublime Russian melodies.
The historic Langford House – an Edwardian-style mansion built in 1904 - provides the perfect backdrop for this dramatic tale, with the opera taking place in the perfectly manicured grounds of the property.
Gates open at 1pm, and as it is an outdoor picnic event, audiences are invited to BYO food, drinks and seating.
Pre-opera entertainment will be provided by talented local duo Matt & Mish, who play wonderful old school country and rock. They will be joined by special guest, singer and actor, Ben Mingay who will perform a few old favourites and finish with a classic opera piece prior to the main opera at 4pm.
Packed full of glorious melodies, lush orchestration, rich costumes and a gripping story, Co-Opera’s version of Eugene Onegin is sure to make for a magical and memorable event.