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Subject: Re: Portrayal of Triquet in Eugene Onegin
From: Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:35:18 +0100
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And don't forget that the original Onegin takes pæace on Pushkin's time and
age - Monsieur Triquet might be seen as a refugee from the French
revolution.
Maria Helleberg

2017-02-27 1:31 GMT+01:00 Michael Kaye <[log in to unmask]>:

> Actually, Monsieur Triquet's song for Tatiana is Tchaikovsky's arrangement
> of a song with words and music by the French composer, playwright, and
> painter Amédée de Beauplan (1790-1853), entitled "Le repos" (Reposons-nous
> ici tous deux). In the opera, the new lyrics for Monsieur Triquet were
> provided by co-librettist Konstantin Shilovsky.
>
> "Le repos" can be found online on pages 172-175 in Volume 3 of "Échos de
> France" at http://imslp.org/wiki/Échos_de_France_(Various)
>
> Michael Kaye
>
> On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 6:16 PM, Stephen Lord <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > He is MONSIEUR TRIQUET so needs to be treated by the guests with great
> > respect as he is a Francophone. He is older as his song is set to an
> > accompaniment similar to bel canto, thus being a throwback as the time of
> > bel canto was done when the opera was written. No need for foppish
> > behavior. Just a gentleman in a 19th century oh so refined way
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> > > On Feb 26, 2017, at 5:31 PM, 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 suing
> > entirely in Russian, and
> > > not in a mixture of French and Russian as originally written.  One
> would
> > think the Bolshoi
> > > would have made this small concession as a courtesy to its French
> > audience.  Of course in
> > > those days I didn’t know any better, I had not even heard a recording
> of
> > Onegin or seen a
> > > score.
> > >
> > > 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-
> > > database.com/cgi-bin/aria-search.pl?opera=Eugene+Onegin).
> > >
> > > And now back to «Onegin», the «polonaise» is starting !!!
> > >
> > > Cheers and all the best,
> > >
> > > Alain
> > >
> > > 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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