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When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 20 2017

This stunning production of Tchaikovsky’s late 19th-century operatic take on Pushkin’s early 19th-century novel in verse (originally designed by Michael Levine and directed by Robert Carsen for the Metropolitan Opera) is a piece of minimalist magic that uses light, color, and a nearly bare stage to create an environment that’s the visual embodiment of a lushly lyrical score. Lyric Opera has cast Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecień as the icy title character (he sang it here nine years ago), and soprano Ana María Martínez as the literary, lovestruck young heroine, Tatiana—whom Onegin only wants when he can’t have her. It's a role debut for Martínez, but she's a natural for the part. The surprises are golden-voiced mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosova as Tatiana’s sister, Olga, and tenor Charles Castronovo, who runs away with the show as Olga’s fiery doomed suitor Lensky; also, a standout lone aria from bass Dmitry Belosselskiy as Tatiana’s blissfully ignorant husband, Prince Gremin. The story turns on life-blighting social conventions from arranged marriages to pistol duels—exactly like the one that killed Pushkin himself, and not so different from the revenge shootings that bloody the streets of Chicago today. Alejo Perez conducts the Lyric Opera orchestra and chorus; in Russian with English subtitles. —Deanna Isaacs

Price: $17-$349

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