April 29 at 2:00pm
May 3 at 7:30pm
May 5 at 7:30pm
April 29 at 2:00pm
May 3 & 5 at 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and KS Shilovsky after Pushkin
With the Vancouver Opera Chorus as peasants, guests of Madame Larina and guests at a ball in St. Petersburg and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.
About Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is Russian Lyric Opera at its finest – based on the plot of Pushkin’s verse novel, Eugene Onegin features an emotional tale packed with breathtaking music, choreography, and a duel that will render the audience speechless. Tchaikovsky, as always, brings many symphonic elements to Eugene Onegin including lavish orchestrations and stunning arias in what he described as “seven lyrical scenes”.
The performance will last approximately 3 hours, including 2 intermissions.
Sung in Russian with English SURTITLESTM
In the garden of her country estate, the widowed Madame Larin overhears her daughters, Tatyana and Olga, singing an old romantic song. She reminisces with the family’s nurse, Filippyevna, about her own long-ago romances in Moscow. Peasants returning from the fields celebrate the harvest with singing. Olga teases her serious older sister for immersing herself in romantic novels. Olga’s suitor, the poet Lensky, arrives with his friend Eugene Onegin – an elegant aristocrat from St. Petersburg who has inherited a nearby estate. Tatyana, instantly smitten by the stranger, strolls with Onegin, who asks her how she avoids boredom in the countryside. Lensky ardently tells Olga he loves her, and when Onegin and Tatyana return, the couples go inside for dinner.
Scene 2 – Several weeks later
In her bedroom, Tatyana pleads with Filippyevna to share stories of her first love, but Tatyana is distracted and barely hears her. Admitting that she is in love, she asks to be left alone, and for the rest of the night she stays awake writing an impassioned letter to Onegin. At daybreak, she gives the letter to Filippyevna for her grandson to deliver.
Scene 3 – Early autumn
In a corner of the garden, a group of women sing a coquettish song as they work. When they move off, Tatyana appears, breathless and nervous, soon followed by Onegin. He has received Tatyana’s letter and asks her to be patient as he speaks his mind.
70 Minutes, followed by a 25 minute intermission
Production sponsored by Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP