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Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky after the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin
Musical Director of the production and Сonductor: 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
Lensky — Dmitry Korchak
Conductor — Mikhail Tatarnikov
Based on Pushkins novel in verses entitled Eugene Onegin, which is known as the encyclopedia of Russian life, the plot tells about young provincial girl Tatyana who sincerely declares her love to the young man of high society who is bored in the rural guzzle. He rather coldly refuses her. Meeting her after some years, already married, he understands that he loves her, however, he entreats her in vain. Although she remembers and loves him still, the feeling of her duty and matrimonial fidelity outweighs her passion. Eugene Onegin is an unsurpassed sample of a lyrical opera in which Pushkin's poetry has harmoniously merged with the fine, heart-felt music full of intimate emotion and dramatic nature.
The village. The Larins’ neighbour Lensky, Olga’s 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 Lensky’s choice of fiancée. Tatiana is deeply moved by her meeting with Onegin.
At night. Seeing Tatiana’s confusion, the Nanny tries to distract and comfort her. When she’s 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.
Tatiana anxiously awaits a response to her confession. Onegin arrives. He’s moved by Tatiana’s sincerity, but can’t return her affection. Tatiana is shocked. She hears him out with deep sadness.
Tatiana’s 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 Onegin’s behaviour; a quarrel breaks out. Attention of the mob makes Lensky challenge Onegin to a duel.
The duel. Lensky is waiting for Onegin. He’s thinking about life with anguish and pain. Onegin is late; he doesn’t want to bring the conflict to end. Former friends doubt their decision. But it’s too late and their escape routes are cut off. A shot is heard. Lensky falls dead.
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 Tatiana’s transformation. Gripped by memories he decides to secure a meeting with her.
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.