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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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  • Approximate running time 2h 55min

Artistic profile

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

Cast

LARINA
TATIANA
OLGA
FILIPIEVNA
EUGENE ONEGIN
VLADIMIR LENSKI
PRINCE GREMIN / ZARETSKY
CAPTAIN
MONSIEUR TRIQUET
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, conductor)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor
Josep Pons

October 2023