Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin

Opera (lyrical scenes) in 3 acts and a Prologue

Libretto by Konstantin Shilovsky and Pyotr Tchaikovsky

based on the eponymous novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin

World premiere: 17 March 1879, Maly Theatre, Moscow

Premiere at the Astana Opera House: 8, 9 February 2019

Conductor: Alan Buribayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan,

Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Director, Set Designer: Davide Livermore

Set Designer: Francesco Calcagnini

Costume Designers: Sofya Tasmagambetova, Pavel Dragunov

Chorus Master: Yerzhan Dautov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Choreographer: Elena Sherstneva

Lighting Designer: Vincenzo Raponi

Assistant Directors: Giancarlo Judica Cordiglia, Anja Rudak / Yerenbak Toikenov

Assistant Costume Designer: Natalia Fedorova

Technical Project Manager: Victor Carare

Video Projection: D-WOK Srl

ROLES AND PERFORMERS

Eugene Onegin – Alexey Isaev (The Helikon-Opera, Russia) /

Talgat Mussabayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Tatyana – Aigul Niyazova, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /

Galina Cheplakova

Vladimir Lensky– Zhan Tapin, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /

Medet Chotabayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Olga – Dina Khamzina, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan /

Tatyana Vitsinskaya

Larina – Gulzhanat Sapakova /

Margarita Dvoretskaya, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Prince Gremin – Barseg Tumanyan, People’s Artist of Armenia /

Mikhail Guzhov, Honoured Artist of Russia

Nurse – Saltanat Muratbekova / Bayan Zhussupova

Triquet – Beimbet Tanarykov / Ramzat Balakishiyev

Zaretsky – Yerzhan Saipov /

Zhanat Shybykbayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Company Commander – Nurlybek Kosparmakov / Shyngys Rasylkhan

Old Tatiana: Mansiya Yestekova

Tatyana’s soul: Anel Abdullina

Olga’s soul: Yelena Bezborodova

ORCHESTRA, CHORUS, BALLET, EXTRAS

AND PUPILS OF THE CHILDREN’S STUDIO OF THE ASTANA OPERA HOUSE

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including two intervals)

Performed in Russian

(with synchronised Kazakh and English supertitles)

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SYNOPSIS

O memory of heart! you’re stronger

Than reminiscence of cool mind

Konstantin Batyushkov

PROLOGUE

The great love Tatyana dreamed of in her youth and for which she so much longed and waited found no reciprocal feeling. Now, in her declining years, this desire for love continues to live in her being, evoking faces, places and experiences from the past.

ACT ONE

Scene 1. The Larins’ estate.

Tatyana and Olga’s singing, Madame Larina’s daughters, make her reminisce about her youth. Peasants, who have gathered the harvest in, according to the old tradition, come to their lady of the manor to wish abundance and well-being for the next year.

Singing and dancing peasants amuse Olga, while Tatyana is lost in reverie – she is worried about the fate of lovers from the novel.

Suddenly, guests arrive. Olga’s fiancé Vladimir Lensky introduces his friend Eugene Onegin, whose appearance awakens deep excitement in Tatyana’s soul.

Happy Lensky, left alone with Olga, declares his love for her.

Scene 2. Tatyana’s letter

Tatyana is overwhelmed by a new, previously not familiar to her feeling. Seeing her confusion, the nurse tries to distract and comfort her darling girl. Left alone, after much hesitation, Tatyana writes a letter to Onegin, professing her love for him. At dawn, she asks the nurse to deliver it to her new acquaintance.

Scene 3. Explanation

Tatyana waits anxiously for a reply. But instead of writing, Onegin himself arrives. He admits that Tatyana’s candour has touched him, but he is unable to return her love.

ACT TWO

Scene 4. Ball at the Larins’ house

Numerous guests came to Tatyana’s name-day party. The provincial ball with chitchatting and gossiping of ordinary people irritate Onegin. He is angry with Lensky, who invited him here, and begins demonstratively paying court to Olga. Enraged by his friend’s behavior, Lensky starts a quarrel and challenges Onegin to a duel.

Scene 5. Duel

With anguish and pain, Lensky reflects on his life while waiting for his rival. Onegin arrives. He understands his guilt, and Lensky is willing to reconcile, but fallacious laws of honour make the duel inevitable. A shot rang out. Lensky is killed.

ACT 3

Scene 6. Ball in St. Petersburg

After a long absence, Onegin has returned to the capital. At the ball, he meets Tatyana. He is astonished at the change in her: she is now a socialite, the wife of Prince Gremin, full of nobility and dignity. Onegin anxiously admits to himself that “he is in love, like a boy, full of the youthful passion”.

Scene 7. Meeting

Onegin manages to arrange a meeting with Tatyana. He sounds repentant. Demanding reciprocity, he hears a declaration of love in return. But Tatyana’s decision to remain faithful to her husband forever is irrevocable! Onegin is in despair…

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