Onstage: Eugene Onegin

After years of writing about classical music and opera, I’m actually in an opera as a supernumerary, the operatic equivalent of an extra. My role: a Russian peasant peeling potatoes in the first scene of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

After years of writing about classical music and opera, I’m actually in an opera as a supernumerary, the operatic equivalent of an extra. My role: a Russian peasant peeling potatoes in the first scene of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

The audition was easy: fill out a form and be photographed next to a measuring stick. Less than two weeks later, super captain Andrea Shell called with rehearsal dates and costume head Reba Senske emailed a request for measurements.

Let the potato peeling begin.

Eugene Onegin is presented by Cincinnati Opera at Music Hall 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. Go here to read Anne Arenstein's full diary. 

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