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
Madam Larina: Stephanie Windsor-Lewis
Gremin: Sion Goronwy
Filipyevna: Maria Jagusz
M. Triquet: Jonathan Cooke
The Captain: Matthew Buswell
Zaretsky: Nicholas Morton
Chorus: Felicity Buckland; Chanáe Curtis; Joseph Doody;Jana Holesworth
Duration: Three hours with two intervals
Music By: Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Tchaikovsky, after Pushkin
Translation: David Lloyd Jones
Sung In: English
Conductor: Jonathan Lyness
Director/Designer: Richard Studer
Lighting Designer: Dan Saggars
The opera opens at harvest time on the country estate of the Larin family, with the two sisters Tatyana and Olga discussing love and marriage with their mother. Eugene Onegin, a young man from the city is introduced to the family and makes a deep impression on Tatyana who declares her true love for him, 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.