Opera de Oviedo
Opera Eugen Onegin
Pjotr I. Tschaikowsky
Lyrical scenes in three acts (seven scenes)
Libretto by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky and Konstantin S. Schilowsky after the novel by Alexander Puschkin
Performed in Russian with German and English supertitles
Which of us doesn’t fear making the wrong decision? Jaded by life in the big city with its abundance of parties and girls, Eugene Onegin returns to the country, where he meets, Tatyana, the daughter of a landowner. Although fascinated by this sensitive girl, he brusquely rejects her profession of love, instead turning his attentions to her sister Olga – a mistake that shall haunt him for the rest of his days … Aiming for an »intimate yet powerful drama« of conflicts able to »move him to the core«, Tchaikovsky created a new type of opera that dispensed with superficial effects to concentrate on the interior lives of its characters, a real departure from the operatic conventions of the day. Anticipating objections by critics, the composer named this new form »lyrical scenes«, and hoped for an emotional identification with his audiences. This he achieved through an affecting score, infused with the spirit of Russian romanticism, as well as the modern conception of his characters with their fractured interior lives. Even 130 years later, audiences are sure to be swept along by this musical depiction of a desire for love which remains tragically unfulfilled through a simply mistake.