Closing of the opera season

Eugene Onegin

lyric scenes in three acts

music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

3 hours 25 minutes
for viewers over 12 years old
performed in Russian

Scene 1

The village. The Larins neighbour Lensky, Olgas suitor, suddenly arrives with his friend Onegin  a young man, who has recently come from the capital. The arrival of the new visitor perturbs the Larins life. The new guest is welcomed with interest. Onegin discredits Lenskys choice of fiancée. Tatiana is deeply moved by her meeting with Onegin.

Scene 2

At night. Seeing Tatianas confusion, the Nanny tries to distract and comfort her. When shes alone, Tatiana writes a letter to Onegin. She thinks him to be her only one. At dawn, Tatiana asks the Nanny to deliver the letter to Onegin.

Scene 3

Tatiana anxiously awaits a response to her confession. Onegin arrives. Hes moved by Tatianas sincerity, but cant return her affection. Tatiana is shocked. She hears him out with deep sadness.

Scene 4

Tatianas name day. Lensky has persuaded his friend to come to the Larins, but everything there irritates and bores Onegin. He decides to hurt Lensky and starts courting Olga ostentatiously. Lensky is angered by Onegins behaviour; a quarrel breaks out. Attention of the mob makes Lensky challenge Onegin to a duel.

Scene 5

The duel. Lensky is waiting for Onegin. Hes thinking about life with anguish and pain. Onegin is late; he doesnt want to bring the conflict to end. Former friends doubt their decision. But its too late and their escape routes are cut off. A shot is heard. Lensky falls dead.

Scene 6

Ceremonial reception of Gremin and his wife. After a long absence, Onegin returns to city life and meets Tatiana. She is married to Gremin and is the centre of attention. Onegin is astonished by Tatianas transformation. Gripped by memories he decides to secure a meeting with her.

Scene 7

Onegin has secured a meeting with Tatiana. His speech is full of remorse. Tatiana recalls their first meeting. She is still in love with him, but her decision is final. She asks Onegin to leave her.

Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky after the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin
Musical Director of the production and onductor: Vasily Petrenko
Stage Director: Vasily Barkhatov
Stage Designer: Zinovy Margolin
Costume Designer: Mariya Danilova
Lighting Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chorus: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Assistant to Musical Director: Anatoly Rybalko
Assistants to Stage Director: Jurate Sodite, Vyacheslav Kalyuzhny
Principal Pianists: Irina Daineko, Alexander Pakuev
Stage Manager: Olga Kokh
Assistant to Stage Manager: Elena Piskunova
Assistant to Stage Director responsible for the Chorus: Tatiana Zelinskaya

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