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Subject: Re: Portrayal of Triquet in Eugene Onegin
From: Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:41:42 -0500

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***** CORRECTION *****

The Paris performance of «Eugene Onegin» by the Bolshoi that I attended was on 18 
January 1970, not 1969.  The program sheet inserted into the beautiful souvenir program 
simply says «18 janvier» and nowhere is there a mention of the year.  However, as I was 
putting the program (almost falling apart by now) away, I noticed this on the last page in 
small print, «Achevé d’imprimer le 21 décembre 1969 sur les presses offset de la Société 
Inter-Publicité-Éditions à Paris,» so the performance had to have been on 18 January 

Cheers and all the best,


Alain Letort
Washington, D.C.
The Belly of the Beast

On Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:31:48 -0500, Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>This certainly is the way I have ever seen Triquet portrayed, including my very first 
>«Eugene Onegin», seen on 18 January 1969 at the Paris Opéra performed by the Bolshoi 
>Opera on tour.  The excellent cast included Yuri Mazurok as Onegin, Vladimir Atlantov as 
>Lensky, Galina Vishnevskaya as Tatiana, Mark Reshetin as Gremin, and Vitali Vlassov as 
>Triquet.  Mstislav Rostropovich («Monsieur Vishnevskaya», if I may be allowed that 
>solecism) conducted.  Bizarrely, the Triquet couplets were sung entirely in Russian, and 
>not in a mixture of French and Russian as originally written.  One would think the 
>would have made this small concession as a courtesy to its French audience.  Of course 
>those days I didn’t know any better, I had not even heard a recording of Onegin or seen 
>The production was traditional and lavish in the extreme.  The ballroom scene with the 
>«polonaise» took everyone’s breath away.  By the way, I believe those sold-out Bolshoi 
>performances were the first that Paris had ever seen of «Eugene Onegin».
>I note that the Aria Database describes the role of Triquet as belonging to the «buffo 
>tenor» Fach, which seems to confirm your impression (see http://www.aria-
>And now back to «Onegin», the «polonaise» is starting !!!
>Cheers and all the best,
>Alain Letort
>Washington, D.C.
>The Belly of the Beast
>On Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:07:56 +0000, Trish Callis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>The two productions I have seen treated Triquet as a dim-witted fop.  Does anyone 
>know if this has always been the performance tradition?
>>Patricia L. Callis (Trish)
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