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Subject: Eugene Onegin
From: "James L. Vendeland" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:James L. Vendeland
Date:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:11:33 -0400

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Dear Group,

    Without getting into a heated discussion as to whether this opera by Tchaikovsky is a 
good one or not, allow me to make a few comments.

    Having been a student of Russian for over 23 years and working weekly with my Russian 
tutor, our emphasis for a number of years has been to translate rare Russian operas and 
romances from Russian into English.  In fact we even published a couple of electronic books 
(The Russian Mood) on some of these operas with translations of the librettos and links to 
some of the music from these operas on utube.  (I can provide complimentary to anyone 
   I have heard all of Tchaikovsky's 10 operas and translated several of them.  There is 
beauty in every one of them.  But I believe to really appreciate the opera "Eugene Onegin", 
one must read the Pushkin poem "Eugene Onegin" and there are many fine English 
translations of this magnificent poem.  All Russian school children are taught this poem.  
The opera "Eugene Onegin" goes beyond just beautiful music and song.  Both the opera and 
the poem describe the bored upper class in Russian society during the first 1/2 of the 19th 

Jim Vendeland


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