Eugene Onegin

opera in three acts

music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

for viewers over 12 years old

At the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato turns to the famous “lyrical scenes”: “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Tchailovsky will be his second opera production. Elegant and refined neoclassical style, inherent in all the master’s productions, emphasize the beauty of great music and the depth of images.

The regular collaborators of Nacho Duato, stage designer Jaffar Chalabi and costume designer Angelina Atlagic, are working on the production. Musical Director -Alexander Soloviev.

“Eugene Onegin” was first performed in 1879 by students of the Moscow Conservatory — young and sincere artists were able to convey the full depth and lyricism of this opera. Today, at the Mikhailovsky Theatre the main roles are being rehearsed by young and talented singers who brilliantly embody the characters created by Tchaikovsky: Alexandra Sennikova, Margarita Shapovalova, Kristina Kalinina, Semyon Antakov, Igor Podoplelov, Sergey Kuzmin, Egor Martynenko, Irina Shishkova, Victoria Voytenkova and Alexander Bezrukov.

Act one

Larins’ estate. While Tatyana and Olga sing, the mistress of the house and the old nanny remember their youth. According to the old custom, the peasants come to congratulate the lady on the end of the harvest. Suddenly guests appear: the Larins’ neighbor Lensky, in love with Olga, introduces his friend Onegin, who recently arrived from St. Petersburg. Tatyana is excited about this meeting.
At night, left alone, Tatyana writes a letter to Onegin. At dawn she asks the nanny to hand it over.
Alley in the garden. Here Tatyana made a date with Onegin. The young man is touched by Tatyana’s sincerity, but is cold towards her: he is not created for family life and cannot reciprocate her feelings.

Act two

Ball at the Larins’. Guests came for Tatiana’s name day. The provincial holiday irritates Onegin. He is angry with Lensky, who persuaded him to come here. In retaliation, Evgeniy begins to court Olga. Lensky is shocked by the act of his friend and the betrayal of Olga, who graciously accepts signs of attention from the other. He challenges Onegin to a duel.
Before the fight, Lensky is full of sad forebodings. Onegin appears with a second. Friends can still make peace, but each of them is too proud. A shot is heard. Lensky was killed.

Act three

Ball in St. Petersburg. Among the guests is Onegin, who has just returned from abroad. Prince Gremin introduces him to his wife. With amazement, Onegin recognizes her as Tatyana. Amazed by her transformation, he realizes that he is in love.
Tatiana reads Onegin’s letter. Suddenly he himself appears. Tatyana still loves him, but the past cannot be returned. She is married and will be faithful to her husband. Onegin realizes that he has lost her forever.

Premiere of the production at the Mikhailovsky Theatre: 10 October 2024

Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky after the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin

  • Stage Director and ChoreographerNacho Duato
  • Stage Directors AssistantYulia Prokhorova
  • Stage DesignerJaffar Chalabi
  • Costume DesignerAngelina Atlagić
  • Musical DirectorAlexander Soloviev
  • Musical Directors AssistantVladimir Kekhman

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