Onegin is one of the more human-scale operas in the pre-20th-century repertoire. No supernatural curses, no murder-suicides, no mad scenes.
But that creates a particular challenge, says Tara Faircloth, the stage director of a new production at Arizona Opera that runs Friday through Sunday, Feb. 6-8, at Symphony Hall in Phoenix.
"Teaching people to be normal onstage is a lot harder than teaching them to be crazy onstage. Like, 'Don't take my baby' acting is a lot easier to pull off sometimes than, 'Just smile and invite him in with your eyes.' "