Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast led by Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Nicole Car in one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular operas. Eugene Onegin, is based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel of the same name. It allowed Tchaikovsky to bring a sense of realism to the stage and create music for one of the great novels of Russian literature. Eugene Onegin quickly became a firm favourite with Russian audiences and beyond.
The story is centred around Tatyana who is introduced to the dashing, unconventional Onegin, she believes that he is the hero of her dreams. He coldly rejects her. Bored, he flirts with her sister Olga, outraging Lensky, Olga’s fiancé and Onegin’s only friend.
Lensky challenges Onegin to a duel, at which he loses his life. Onegin travels the world in an attempt to escape his guilt. Eventually he returns to Russia and finds Tatyana has become the elegant wife of Prince Gremin. He is overcome, and begs her to return his love. Though she still loves him, Tatyana refuses to break her vow to her husband.
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 production, the turbulence of Tatyana and Onegin’s youth is contrasted with the self-realization they gain in later life.
About 3 hours, including a 25 minute interval.
Sung in Russian with English surtitles
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