Opera classic on big screen
IN true opera tradition a cold-hearted baddie gets his comeuppance at the hands of a virtuous woman, with the next Royal Opera House live screening.
Cinema-goers can settle into Swansea's Vue or to Swansea Uni's Taliesin Arts Centre to see Tchaikovsky's tortured love story Eugene Onegin.
The production will be broadcast live on Wednesday from Covent Garden with the lead character living to regret spurning a devoted young woman.
Royal Opera director Kasper Holten says he is excited to be making his debut at the venue with this piece, which has been a favourite of his for years.
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"I am very happy to have been able to choose an opera which has a very special place in my heart for this, which is Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
"I have loved Onegin ever since I was a teenager. I even chose to study Russian in high school just to be able to read Pushkin's novel in the original language."
The piece, he says, is unusual in the opera world in that it is light on bombast, focussing instead on an affecting, human tale of arrogance, regret and loss.
"Unlike so many other operas, Onegin is special in that it is not about kings and princes or far away kingdoms or magical gods, it is about real people and about something with which we can all identify.
"That, for me, always gave Onegin a very special, fragile yet passionate quality, and that is what I want to bring out in the production."
Consequently, the production itself has a light touch, he says.
"We thought it was very important to respect that Tchaikovsky didn't want this to be a grand opera. It is not a piece you can over-interpret or put very heavy, intellectual ideas on to.
"It needs to have a very direct emotional communication with the audience and if I can't make the audience cry and if I can't make the audience be in love again, I have failed."
The show begins at 7.15pm, running until 9.45pm.