When Tatyana is introduced to the dashing, unconventional Onegin, she believes that he is the hero of her dreams. But he carelessly rejects her – with tragic consequences.
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Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera is based on Alexander Pushkin’s verse drama of the same name. It provided Tchaikovsky with an opportunity to present everyday and authentic experiences on the stage, in contrast to the epic narratives that characterized much European opera of the time. Eugene Onegin quickly became a firm favourite with Russian audiences. Within a decade of its 1879 premiere it had been performed over one hundred times in St Petersburg.
Tchaikovsky’s deep sympathy for his heroine Tatyana is shown in the tenderness of her music. Her yearning string motif opens the opera and it gains full expression in her letter aria in Act I – one of the most intense solo scenes ever written for the soprano voice. In Kasper Holten’s powerful new production, the turbulence of Tatyana and Onegin’s youth is contrasted with the self-realization they gain in later life. The staging foregrounds the power of memory and the often futile longing to undo past mistakes that comes with experience.
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Live cinema season
Generously supported by
The Monument Trust, in memory of Simon Sainsbury
With additional philanthropic support from
The Artists’ Circle
Production Director generously supported by
Hamish and Sophie Forsyth
About 2 hours 55 minutes | including 1 interval
Sung in Russian with English surtitles
|Composer||Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky|
|Set designs||Mia Stensgaard|
|Costume designs||Katrina Lindsay|
|Lighting design||Wolfgang Göbbel|
|Video design||Leo Warner|