Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin combines Pushkin’s compelling and heart-breaking story with Tchaikovsky’s sweeping lyricism in a stunning exploration of love, death, life and convention.

Filled with breath-taking arias including Tatyana’s great letter scene, a tour de force of the soprano repertoire, the poignant tale contrasts the simplicity of country life with the sophisticated excesses of Russia’s pre-revolutionary court and tells of the fated love between the innocent Tatyana and the world-weary cynic Onegin.

A fabulous cast includes rising new stars and internationally recognised performers. Led by MWO’s Artistic Directors Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness, and accompanied by the brilliant Ensemble Cymru, this new production will ensure audiences are left enthralled and deeply moved.


Onegin: George von Bergen
Tatyana: Elizabeth Karani
Lensky: Robyn Lyn Evans
Olga: Ailsa Mainwaring
Gremin: Sion Goronwy


Ensemble Cymru

Duration: Three hours with two intervals
Music By: Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Tchaikovsky, after Pushkin
Translation: David Lloyd Jones
Sung In: English
Director/Designer: Richard Studer
Conductor: Jonathan Lyness

The opera includes the famous ‘letter scene’, a tour-de- force of the soprano repertoire, in which Tatyana declares her true love for Onegin, a love that is tragically rejected. The ensuing maelstrom of emotions ends in a duel between Onegin and his best friend, the poet Vladimir Lensky, which leaves Lensky dead. Years later, at the St Petersburg Ball, Onegin, by chance, meets Tatyana once again and realises his mistake, but now it is the married Tatyana who is unable to accept Onegin’s love.

Tchaikovsky entrusted the first performance of this work to students of the Moscow Conservatory. Now, some 140 years later, Mid Wales Opera performs this extraordinary opera for the first time.

Under the leadership of the company’s new artistic directors Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness, a potent mix of experienced and young artists will be engaged to deliver this exploration of life, death, love and convention.

Pushkin’s compelling and heart-breaking story, Tchaikovsky’s sweeping lyricism, Richard Studer’s beautiful designs, Ensemble Cymru’s experienced and established chamber music players including Tchaikovsky’s ever-important harp, and a fabulous cast including a wealth of rising new stars should ensure that audiences across all parts of Wales and beyond are left enthralled and deeply moved.

This production of Eugene Onegin promises to be a major event in MWO’s illustrious history and is not to be missed!