Don't dismiss Tchaikovsky opera because of current events, directors say

Given the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, freelance music director Steven White thinks some people might question the choice of Opera Omaha’s next production.

The opera, “Eugene Onegin,” is by 19th century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is based on a poetic novel by beloved Russian author Alexander Pushkin.

Many people, outraged by president Vladimir Putin’s war against his neighbor, are advocating for Americans to boycott all things Russian, including the arts.