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Subject: Re: Portrayal of Triquet in Eugene Onegin
From: Trish Callis <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Trish Callis <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:19:12 +0000
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It occurred to me that Triquet could be portrayed as a dignified, older gentleman, which is in keeping with his treatment in the libretto, and that if his song was done with legato but not largo by a competent voice, that this interlude might not be so annoying. 
 
Patricia L. Callis (Trish) 
 
> On Feb 26, 2017, at 6:16 PM, Stephen Lord <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
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> 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 
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>> 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 
>>  
>>  
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>>  
>>> 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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