A masterpiece of Russian opera, a true manual of romantic thought

“I am yours! My whole life has been a pledge of this inevitable encounter”
Eugene Onegin (Act I, Scene 2 - Tatiana) 

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This new co-production with the Oslo Opera and the Teatro Real de Madrid perfectly addresses all the nuances of Tatiana Larin’s character: the transition from a novel-loving girl blossoming into a cosmopolitan and elegant young princess. Awaiting her, love at first sight: the enigmatic Onegin, who sings the title role, an aristocrat obsessed with appearances who could never be happy with a country girl like Tatiana and discovers the power of love too late.  

In November 1836, the French Lieutenant Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès was harassing the beautiful Natalia Nikolayevna Goncharova, Pushkin’s wife, and Pushkin challenged him to a duel. Pride that would cost him everything. Under a snowy sky on the evening of 8 February 1837, and at the height of his glory, Alexander Pushkin, the Russian Lord Byron, died in a pistol duel sparked by this amorous confrontation, immortalising a way of life that defines countless young people who are as much in love as they are depressed. Romanticism: a way of thinking and feeling shared by numerous artists for more than a century. Tchaikovsky, who was already 40 years old when Onegin premiered at the Moscow Conservatory, could never have imagined that only three years later it would be performed at the great Bolshoi.  

Curiously, the same duel scene had been described six years earlier in the verses of his Eugene Onegin, a masterpiece of Russian opera, a true manual of romantic thought and an intimate work, which takes us to the depths of the human mind, to the fragility and irredeemable cracks in the souls of its protagonists. Closely linked to the original text, this production by Christof Loy eschews traditionalism in favour of minimalist scenography that helps to underline the inner worlds of the characters and bring us closer to the personal drama and obsessions of a Tatiana “bursting with life”. 

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Eugene Onegin

Libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky based on Alexander Puskin’s homonymous novel in verse. 
World premiere: 29/3/1879 at Moscow’s Conservatory
Barcelona premiere: 4/1/1955 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Last Liceu performance: 29/5/1998
Total number of Liceu performances: 25 

  • Approximate running time 3h 05min
    • First part 1h 40min
    • Interval 30min
    • Second part 53min

Artistic Profile

Stage director
Christof Loy
Andreas Heise
Set design
Raimund Orfeo Voigt
Costume design
Herbert Murauer
Olaf Winter
Den Norske Opera (Oslo), Teatro Real (Madrid) and Gran Teatre del Liceu


27 September, 1, 4 and 8 October
29 de setembre i 2, 5, 7 i 9 d'octubre
27 September, 1, 4 and 8 October
29 de setembre i 2, 5, 7 i 9 d'octubre
27 September, 1, 4 and 8 October
27 September, 1, 4 and 8 October
27 September, 1, 4 and 8 October
29 de setembre i 2, 5, 7 i 9 d'octubre
27 September, 1, 4 and 8 October
29 de setembre i 2, 5, 7 i 9 d'octubre
27 September, 1 and 4 October
29 de setembre i 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9 October
27 September, 1, 4 and 8 October
29 de setembre i 2, 5, 7 i 9 d'octubre
Anna Briansó, Patricia Hastewell, Irene Madrid, Clara Navarro, José Ruiz, Mikael Rønne and Marianne Ustvedt.
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, conductor)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Josep Pons

Cast Change

Bass-baritone Sam Carl joins the cast of Eugene Onegin in the roles of Prince Gremin and Zaretsky, replacing Andrea Mastroni, who ultimately cannot participate in the production due to personal reasons.

On October 8th, tenor Josep Bros performs the role of Vladimir Lenski, replacing Alexey Neklyudov.

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Here you can download the programme for free. Catalan or Spanish edition, only.


Musical highlights of Eugene Onegin, selected by Víctor Garcia de Gomar, artistic director of the Liceu.

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Listen the opera live on Catalunya Música on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:30pm (CET). Not available for streaming worldwide, due to copyright or other clearance issues. 

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Subscribe to the new digital season of the Liceu for only €60. Broadcast of the opera Eugene Onegin on Sunday, October 8th at 5:00 PM.
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