Natalia Osipova as Tatiana ©2015 ROH. Photographed by Tristram Kenton


18 January29 February 2020
The performance lasts about 2 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

John Cranko became acquainted with Alexander Pushkin’s verse-novel Eugene Onegin when he choreographed the dances for Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same name in 1952. He created his own distinctive version of Pushkin’s work in 1965 for the Stuttgart Ballet. Onegin displays all of Cranko’s genius as a narrative choreographer, featuring finely drawn characters who are transformed by the conflicts they face.

Onegin and Tatiana’s relationship is depicted in intense duets, such as the letter-writing scene, when the youthful Tatiana dances a dream pas de deux with her longed-for lover. The role of Tatiana offers a ballerina many challenges – the development of a bookish country girl into a sophisticated woman at the pinnacle of St Petersburg society requires dramatic sensibility and technical finesse. Kurt-Heinz Stolze, Kapellmeister for Stuttgart Ballet, created for Cranko a soaring arrangement of music by Tchaikovsky, not from the opera but drawing principally on his works for piano.

Approximate running times
Act I: 40 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act II: 30 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act III: 35 minutes

Production Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, the Paul Ferguson Memorial Fund, Lady Joan Jarvis CBE, Peter Lloyd, the Friends of Covent Garden and the American Friends of Covent Garden.



When sensitive Tatiana declares her love for the dashing Eugene Onegin, he coldly rejects her. He idly flirts with her sister, Olga, enraging her fiancé and Onegin's only friend, Lensky, who challenges Onegin to a duel.

Onegin murders Lensky. Years later Onegin returns to Russia, still tortured by guilt and remorse. He discovers Tatiana has become an elegant and beautiful woman, and falls deeply in love. He begs her to leave her husband, but, though she loves Onegin still, she refuses.


CompanyThe Royal Ballet

ChoreographyJohn Cranko

MusicKurt-Heinz Stolze

ArrangementKurt-Heinz Stolze

DesignerJürgen Rose

Lighting designerSteen Bjarke


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