By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Language - Performed in Russian with projected English translations
- Running Time - 3 hours 10 minutes including 1 intermission
Intensely passionate drama set to some of opera’s most sweeping, soulful, and heartstoppingly beautiful music — that is Eugene Onegin. Tatiana is a lovesick country girl, and Onegin is the sophisticated young man who callously spurns her love before realizing, too late, what a mistake he’s made. Here is Pushkin’s profoundly human, hopelessly romantic, ultimately devastating story, elevated by Tchaikovsky’s richly layered and unabashedly expressive music. Find out why Eugene Onegin is beloved by opera audiences the world over.
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Recording by Deutsche Grammophon - Allen, Freni, von Otter, Shicoff, cond. James Levine. Courtesy Universal Music.
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Eugene Onegin Synopsis
An impressionable country girl, Tatiana, falls in love at first sight with her new neighbor, the debonair and bored Onegin. She writes him a letter explaining her feelings, which he rejects politely but firmly. At a party he flirts with Tatiana’s sister Olga, whose fiancé is the poet Lensky, Onegin’s good friend. Onegin is challenged by the jealous Lensky to a duel, in which Lensky is killed. After several years of traveling abroad, Onegin returns to St. Petersburg and sees Tatiana at a ball. She is now the wife of the much older Prince Gremin. Onegin realizes he loves Tatiana and writes her a passionate letter. When she receives him at her home, she admits that she still loves him. Rather than running away with him, however, she chooses to remain with her husband, leaving Onegin in despair.
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Meet The Artists
Ana María Martínez
Act 1 Tenor Solo