A scene in need of a mandolin if ever I saw one

vlcsnap-00007From a DVD of the Met’s production of Eugene Onegin. (Also, I was pleasantly startled when the man introducing the broadcast began with “Hhello. I am Mikhail Barishnikov.” How would you spell the way Russians pronounce ‘h’ when speaking English? English H is breathy and in the back of the throat; the Russians render it with the same part of the mouth that one would use for a C or a K, but a fricative rather than a stop.)

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