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Synopsis
Act 1
Madame Larina's garden
In the garden, Madame Larina, her daughters Olga and Tatiana, and the nurse are finishing party dresses and discussing Tatiana's upcoming birthday celebrations. They think about the future, and the local girls play an old folk game: whoever looks into the mirror will see her beloved. Lensky, a young poet engaged to Olga, arrives with a friend from St. Petersburg. He introduces Eugene Onegin, who has come to the country to see if it can offer him any distraction from city life. Tatiana falls in love with the handsome stranger, who seems so different from the country people she knows, while Onegin only sees a naive, romantic girl.
Tatiana's bedroom
That night, Tatiana dreams of Onegin, her first love. She writes him a passionate love letter, which she asks her nurse to deliver.
Act 2
Tatiana's birthday
The local gentry have all arrived to celebrate Tatiana's birthday. Onegin finds the company boring and is struggling to be polite. He is also annoyed by Tatiana's letter, which he thinks is just an outburst of adolescent love. He seeks Tatiana out and tears up her letter, telling her that he cannot love her. Prince Gremin, a distant relative of Tatiana who is in love with her, appears. Madame Larina hopes they will make a good match, but Tatiana hardly notices him as she is so distressed. Onegin decides to provoke Lensky by flirting with Olga, hoping it will relieve his boredom. Olga joins in with the joke, but Lensky takes it seriously and challenges Onegin to a duel.
The duel
Tatiana and Olga try to reason with Lensky but he insists the duel must go ahead. Onegin kills his friend.
Act 3
St Petersburg
Years later, Onegin returns to St. Petersburg after travelling the world. He goes to a ball at the palace of Prince Gremin. Onegin is surprised when he recognises the beautiful Princess Tatiana as the country girl he once turned away. He realises how much he lost through his previous actions.
Tatiana's boudoir
Onegin writes to Tatiana and reveals his love. He asks to see her but she does not wish to see him. She pleads with her husband not to leave her alone that evening. Onegin comes and declares his love for her. Tatiana feels Onegin's change of heart has come too late. And even if she still loves him she has now a new life with Prince Gremin and also after having killed Lensky she would never want Onegin again. She tears up his letter and orders him to leave her forever.
Credits
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes intermissions included
Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra
Teatro alla Scala Production
Ballet in three acts by John Cranko

Sets Pier Luigi Samaritani
Costumes Pier Luigi Samaritani and Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Lights Steen Bjarke
Revived by Agneta Valcu e Victor Valcu
Choreography supervised by Reid Anderson

Rights property of Dieter Graefe
Conductor Felix Korobov
Étoile Roberto Bolle (24, 26, 29 Oct; 7s, 10 Nov)
Guest Artist Marianela Nuñez (24, 26, 29 Oct; 7s, 10 Nov.)
NOTES ON THE PERFORMANCE

A young, bored aristocrat lets go of his one true love out of mere flippancy, only realising it when it’s too late. Inspired by the novel in verse by Aleksandr Puškin, rewritten with skill and sensitivity by John Cranko, Onegin is a perfect example of a modern dance drama: a great, unhappy love story narrated through a series of powerfully expressive pas de deux, perfectly crafted characters and dazzling ensembles, to a score based on music by Tchaikovsky (but not a single note is taken from his opera Eugene Onegin) conducted on this occasion by Felix Korobov.
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  • Synopsis

    Act 1
    Madame Larina's garden
    In the garden, Madame Larina, her daughters Olga and Tatiana, and the nurse are finishing party dresses and discussing Tatiana's upcoming birthday celebrations. They think about the future, and the local girls play an old folk game: whoever looks into the mirror will see her beloved. Lensky, a young poet engaged to Olga, arrives with a friend from St. Petersburg. He introduces Eugene Onegin, who has come to the country to see if it can offer him any distraction from city life. Tatiana falls in love with the handsome stranger, who seems so different from the country people she knows, while Onegin only sees a naive, romantic girl.
    Tatiana's bedroom
    That night, Tatiana dreams of Onegin, her first love. She writes him a passionate love letter, which she asks her nurse to deliver.
    Act 2
    Tatiana's birthday
    The local gentry have all arrived to celebrate Tatiana's birthday. Onegin finds the company boring and is struggling to be polite. He is also annoyed by Tatiana's letter, which he thinks is just an outburst of adolescent love. He seeks Tatiana out and tears up her letter, telling her that he cannot love her. Prince Gremin, a distant relative of Tatiana who is in love with her, appears. Madame Larina hopes they will make a good match, but Tatiana hardly notices him as she is so distressed. Onegin decides to provoke Lensky by flirting with Olga, hoping it will relieve his boredom. Olga joins in with the joke, but Lensky takes it seriously and challenges Onegin to a duel.
    The duel
    Tatiana and Olga try to reason with Lensky but he insists the duel must go ahead. Onegin kills his friend.
    Act 3
    St Petersburg
    Years later, Onegin returns to St. Petersburg after travelling the world. He goes to a ball at the palace of Prince Gremin. Onegin is surprised when he recognises the beautiful Princess Tatiana as the country girl he once turned away. He realises how much he lost through his previous actions.
    Tatiana's boudoir
    Onegin writes to Tatiana and reveals his love. He asks to see her but she does not wish to see him. She pleads with her husband not to leave her alone that evening. Onegin comes and declares his love for her. Tatiana feels Onegin's change of heart has come too late. And even if she still loves him she has now a new life with Prince Gremin and also after having killed Lensky she would never want Onegin again. She tears up his letter and orders him to leave her forever.

  • Credits

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes intermissions included
    Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra
    Teatro alla Scala Production
    Ballet in three acts by John Cranko

    Sets Pier Luigi Samaritani
    Costumes Pier Luigi Samaritani and Roberta Guidi di Bagno
    Lights Steen Bjarke
    Revived by Agneta Valcu e Victor Valcu
    Choreography supervised by Reid Anderson

    Rights property of Dieter Graefe
    Conductor Felix Korobov
    Étoile Roberto Bolle (24, 26, 29 Oct; 7s, 10 Nov)
    Guest Artist Marianela Nuñez (24, 26, 29 Oct; 7s, 10 Nov.)
    NOTES ON THE PERFORMANCE

    A young, bored aristocrat lets go of his one true love out of mere flippancy, only realising it when it’s too late. Inspired by the novel in verse by Aleksandr Puškin, rewritten with skill and sensitivity by John Cranko, Onegin is a perfect example of a modern dance drama: a great, unhappy love story narrated through a series of powerfully expressive pas de deux, perfectly crafted characters and dazzling ensembles, to a score based on music by Tchaikovsky (but not a single note is taken from his opera Eugene Onegin) conducted on this occasion by Felix Korobov.

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