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Opolais brings passion and poise to "Eugene Onegin"

Opolais brings passion and poise to "Eugene Onegin"
By Euronews

<p>It is one of the most moving scenes in Tchaikovsky’s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Onegin_%28opera%29">Eugene Onegin</a>, recently successfully staged at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. The role of the unhappy Tatyana is sung by Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais: she is intense, bold, beautiful, and genuine.</p> <p>“I am not Tatyana, no, I am not Tatyana, I’m not this kind of… calm, shy, woman. I actually never had a situation like that in my life… Ok, I shouldn’t say anything bad about myself! Of course I was in love when I was 14, 15, and every week I thought it was for ever but then it was gone… It’s difficult to compare myself with Tatyana… I would say that since marrying and having a child, I really feel Tatyana much deeper now,” she says.</p> <p>A determined woman as well as a passionate artist, Kristine admits she is an extremist in everything.</p> <p>“I was born like that. I’m an ‘all or nothing’ person! This is not good, of course, the middle-way is always better… but I’m always on the way to find my middle-way!” </p> <p>In this production reality and imagination blur in the mind of the main male character, haunted by homoerotic fantasies.</p> <p>“I’m full of passion, so this feeling is always with me, from the second I go on stage, I’m trembling… every performance for me… is the last performance… could be… So I go on stage with this motto – as if it were my last time,” says Opolais. “In Munich I have to work hard to get the audience’s love, but I’m so happy when I get it! I’m so happy because it’s like you’re a winner, I always feel that I won and I took their hearts… this is something special!”</p> <p>For further reading about this remarkable singer – </p> <p><a href="http://www.commdiginews.com/entertainment/kristine-opolais-steps-in-saves-mets-hd-boheme-simulcast-13834">www.commdiginews.com/entertainment/kristine-opolais-steps-in-saves-mets-hd-boheme-simulcast-13834</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.latinospost.com/articles/35631/20140404/exclusive-kristine-opolais-reveals-difficulty-of-singing-madama-butterfly-her-love-for-puccini-future-roles-in-german-and-french.htm">www.latinospost.com/articles/35631/20140404/exclusive-kristine-opolais-reveals-difficulty-of-singing-madama-butterfly-her-love-for-puccini-future-roles-in-german-and-french.htm</a></p>