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Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 26 November 2011

Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
Presented by Martin Handley

Tchaikovsky's most famous opera is based on a verse-novel by Pushkin. It tells the story of the relationship between Eugene Onegin, a young St. Petersburg man-about-town and the woman who he initially rejects and then realises that he truly loves, Tatiana. Between rejecting her and realising that he's made a terrible mistake he flirts with her sister, who is engaged to his friend, the poet Lensky. A duel ensues in which Lensky is killed. By the end of the opera Onegin is left alone and broken-hearted.

This new production from English National Opera is directed by Deborah Warner and stars the young Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen in the title role. He's joined by the South-African soprano Amanda Echalaz (who was such a huge success when she sang Tosca at ENO last hear) as Tatiana and English tenor Toby Spence as the doomed poet. ENO's Music Director Edward Gardner conducts.

Eugene Onegin.....Audun Iversen (baritone)
Tatyana.....Amanda Echalaz (soprano)
Lensky.....Toby Spence (tenor)
Prince Gremin.....Brindley Sherratt (bass)
Olga.....Claudia Huckle (mezzo-soprano)
Madame Larina.....Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)
Filipievna.....Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo soprano)
Zaretski.....David Stout (baritone)

English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor.....Edward Gardner.

  • Audun Iversen as Eugene Onegin and Amanda Echalaz as Tatyana

    Audun Iversen as Eugene Onegin and Amanda Echalaz as Tatyana

    (c) Neil Libbert / ENO 2011

  • Amanda Echalaz as Tatyana

    Amanda Echalaz as Tatyana

    (c) Neil Libbert / ENO 2011

  • Toby Spence as Lensky

    Toby Spence as Lensky

    (c) Neil Libbert / ENO 2011

  • Amanda Echalaz as Tatyana and Claudia Huckle as Olga

    Amanda Echalaz as Tatyana and Claudia Huckle as Olga

    (c) Neil Libbert / ENO 2011

  • Audun Iversen as Eugene Onegin and Toby Spence as Lensky

    Audun Iversen as Eugene Onegin and Toby Spence as Lensky

    (c) Neil Libbert / ENO 2011

  • Production Image from Eugene Onegin

    Production Image from Eugene Onegin

    (c) Neil Libbert / ENO 2011

  • Production Image from Eugene Onegin

    Production Image from Eugene Onegin

    (c) Neil Libbert / ENO 2011

  • Act I - Autumn in the country

    Scene 1 The Larin Estate
    Madame Larina reflects upon the days before she married, when she was courted by her husband but loved another. She is now a widow with two daughters: Tatyana and Olga. While Tatyana spends her time reading novels, with whose heroines she closely identifies herself, Olga is being courted by their neighbour, the poet Lensky. He arrives unexpectedly, bringing with him a new visitor, Eugene Onegin, with whom Tatyana falls in love.

    Scene 2 Tatyana’s bedroom
    Tatyana stays up all night writing a love-letter to Onegin, and persuades the nurse Filippyevna to deliver it in the morning.

    Scene 3 The garden
    Tatyana waits for Onegin’s response. He explains that he cannot accept her declaration.

  • Act II - January

    Scene 1 Madame Larina’s house
    The local community has been invited to celebrate Tatyana’s name-day. Onegin has reluctantly agreed to accompany Lensky to what he mistakenly believes will be an intimate family celebration. Annoyed to find himself trapped at an enormous party and bored by the occasion, Onegin takes his revenge on Lensky by flirting and dancing with Olga. Lensky’s jealousy is aroused to such a height that he challenges Onegin to a duel. The party breaks up.

    Scene 2 The duel
    Lensky meditates upon his poetry, upon his love for Olga, and upon death. Lensky’s second finds Onegin’s late arrival and his choice of a second insulting. Although both Lensky and Onegin are full of remorse, neither stops the duel.

  • Act III - St Petersburg

    Scene 1 A ball
    Having travelled abroad since the duel, Onegin has returned to the capital. Prince Gremin introduces his young wife. Onegin is astonished to recognize her as Tatyana.

    Scene 2 The palace of Prince and Princess Gremin Onegin has sent a love-letter to Tatyana. Hopelessly in love, he begs her to run away with him but she has made her decision.

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