Eugene Onegin

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.

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This production of Eugene Onegin was presented at Lyric February 26 – March 20, 2017. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Eugene Onegin

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

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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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.

TIME: 1820s
PLACE: Russia

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Meet The Artists

Mariusz Kwiecień

Onegin

Ana María Martínez

Tatiana

Charles Castronovo

Lensky

Alisa Kolosova

Olga

Katharine Goeldner

Larina

Jill Grove

Filipyevna

Dmitry Belosselskiy

Gremin

Keith Jameson

Triquet

Takaoki Onishi

Captain

Patrick Guetti

Zaretsky

John Concepcion

Act 1 Tenor Solo

Alejo Perez

Conductor

Robert Carsen

Original Director

Paula Suozzi

Revival Director

Michael Levine

Designer

Christine Binder

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Serge Bennathan

Choreographer

Eugene Onegin Production Sponsors

MARGOT AND JOSEF LAKONISHOK
HENRY M. AND GILDA R. BUCHBINDER
MARION A. CAMERON
Production owned by Canadian Opera Company. Originally created for the Metropolitan Opera.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg