EUGENE ONEGIN

When the sophisticated Onegin rejects an impassioned declaration of love from the naive teenager Tatyana, the fall-out leads to broken friendship, tragic death and bitter regret.

Moving between a provincial country estate and the aristocratic grandeur of St Petersburg in the early 19th century, Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music captures all the poignancy and drama of Pushkin’s great lyric poem. Tatyana’s emotional and intense ‘Letter song’ is just one of the celebrated arias that stand alongside folk songs and exuberant dance tunes in a work combining the spirit of its age with the never-changing story of love and human frailty.

Guildford Opera’s production is fully staged, presented in English with surtitles, using the David Lloyd-Jones version of Konstantin Shilovsky and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s libretto of Pushkin’s poem. The music is arranged by Philipp Vandré  for the chamber orchestra.

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