Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin

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18 May - 11 July 2014
Festival 2014

"It struck me as wild, and I made no reply," wrote Tchaikovsky in response to a friend’s proposal of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin as an operatic subject. But the idea so gripped him that, within eight months, he transformed a revered master-work of Russian literature into the best-loved, and arguably greatest, of all Russian operas.

Onegin’s libretto closely follows the plot of Pushkin’s novel-in-verse and retains much of its poetry. But Tchaikovsky removed the ironic narrator’s voice, turning a biting satire into a sentimental romantic drama focused not on its title character but on its heroine. ‘I had so familiarised myself with the figure of Tatyana that she had become for me a living person,’ wrote Tchaikovsky.

The cynical young Onegin rejects Tatyana, a dreamy, bookish country girl. But Onegin lives to regret it when, years later, he re-encounters Tatyana, now a beautiful, worldly woman who has married into wealthy society. Tchaikovsky clothed this tale in the Romantic theatrical, domestic, and ballroom music of the story’s milieu, in and around St. Petersburg circa 1820.

Graham Vick’s 1994 staging, last seen at Glyndebourne in 2008, was deemed by The Financial Times as ‘… a performance that now ranks as a Glyndebourne classic.’

Its authentic flavour is enhanced by a largely Slavic cast, headed by Ekaterina Scherbachenko as Tatyana and Andrei Bondarenko as Onegin, both of whom made their Glyndebourne Festival debuts in La bohème in 2012. Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber, in his Glyndebourne debut, leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw

A revival of the 1994 Festival production
Sung in Russian with English supertitles

This production (recorded at the 1994 Festival) is available on DVD from our shop

Dates & Times - Eugene Onegin

Date Start Time Interval Finish Time Ticket Price Ranges
Sunday 18 May 2014 3:50pm 5:20 - 5:40pm,
6:20 - 7:50pm
8:25pm £165.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Thursday 22 May 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £175.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Sunday 25 May 2014 3:50pm 5:20 - 5:40pm,
6:20 - 7:50pm
8:25pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Wednesday 28 May 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £165.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Saturday 31 May 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Tuesday 3 June 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £165.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Friday 6 June 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £150.00 - £250.00 Book Now
Friday 13 June 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £175.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Tuesday 17 June 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £165.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Friday 20 June 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £205.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Tuesday 24 June 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £110.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Sunday 29 June 2014 3:50pm 5:20 - 5:40pm,
6:20 - 7:50pm
8:25pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Saturday 5 July 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Tuesday 8 July 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £205.00 - £215.00 Book Now
Friday 11 July 2014 5:05pm 6:35 - 6:55pm,
7:35 - 9:05pm
9:40pm £165.00 - £215.00 Book Now

Act I 

At her country estate, Madame Larina, a widow, and her old servant Filipyevna reminisce about the past while Larina’s daughters, the pensive Tatyana and the vivacious Olga, sing a romantic song. After the local peasants visit to celebrate the harvest, Olga’s suitor, the poet Lensky, arrives unexpectedly with his friend Eugene Onegin, with whom Tatyana falls instantly in love.

At bedtime, Tatyana asks Filipyevna to talk about her youth and early marriage. After Filipyevna leaves, Tatyana stays up all night writing a love letter to Onegin and in the morning persuades Filipyevna to have her grandson deliver it.

While peasant girls go about their work, Tatyana awaits Onegin. He tells her that he was touched by her letter but is unsuited for marriage and can offer her only friendship. He cautions her to control her feelings, lest another man take advantage of her. Tatyana is left alone as the peasant girls resume their work song.

Act II 

Madame Larina hosts a party to celebrate Tatyana’s name day. Onegin dances with Tatyana but becomes bored with the provincial guests and annoyed by their gossip. He blames Lensky for bringing him and decides to provoke him by flirting and dancing with Olga. After Monsieur Triquet sings some French couplets in honour of Tatyana, the jealous Lensky challenges Onegin to a duel, and the party ends in chaos.

The next morning, awaiting the duel, Lensky muses upon life, death, and his love for Olga. Onegin arrives late, with his second, Zaretsky. Although both Lensky and Onegin are reluctant to duel, neither finds himself able to stop it from happening. Lensky is killed.

Act III 

Several years later, Onegin has returned to St Petersburg after a lengthy trip abroad. At a ball, he reflects on the emptiness of his life and his remorse over Lensky’s death. The host, Prince Gremin, enters with his beautiful, aristocratic wife, who Onegin recognises as Tatyana. 

Overcome with emotion, Tatyana excuses herself and leaves. Gremin tells Onegin of his love for Tatyana and the happiness she brings him. Onegin realises that he is in love with Tatyana and decides to pursue her. 

Onegin arrives at the Gremin palace and begs Tatyana to run off with him. Now the tables are turned, and it is Tatyana who must respond to Onegin’s confession of love.

Creative Team

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Director Graham Vick 
Designer Richard Hudson
Choreographer Ron Howell
Lighting Designer Matthew Richardson

Cast

Madame Larina Diana Montague
Tatyana Ekaterina Scherbachenko
Olga Ekaterina Sergeeva
Filipyevna Irina Tchistjakova
Lensky Edgaras Montvidas
Eugene Onegin Andrei Bondarenko
Monsieur Triquet François Piolino
Prince Gremin Taras Shtonda
Zaretsky Scott Conner 

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

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