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“Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Евгений Онегин, Eugen Onegin

Premiere / date of written: 29 March 1879

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, (Russian: Евгений Онегин, Yevgény Onégin) is an opera ("lyrical scenes") in 3 acts (7 scenes), by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto was written by Konstantin Shilovsky and the composer and his brother Modest, and is based on the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin.

Eugene Onegin is a well-known example of lyric opera; the libretto very closely follows Pushkin's original, retaining much of his poetry, to which Tchaikovsky adds music of a dramatic nature. The story concerns a selfish hero who lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman's love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend.

The opera was first performed in Moscow in 1879. There are several recordings of it, and it is regularly performed. The work's title refers to the protagonist.


# Language Authors
1 Russian Петр Чайковский, Константин Шиловский
2 German
3 English

original libretto
line-by-line of the original libretto

Audio recordings

Year Cast
Opera chorus and orchestra

DM's pick

Yuri Mazurok (Eugene Onegin),
Alexander Fedin (Lenski),
Lydia Chernykh (Tatyana),
Tamara Sinyavskaya (Olga),
Emma Sarkisyan (Larina),
Raisa Kotova (Filipjewna),
Alexander Vedernikov (Gremin),
Jannis Sprogis (Triquet),
Vladimir Matorin (Zaretzky),
Vladimir Silaev (Captain)
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Orchestra and Chorus of the USSR Central Radio and Television
CD: Amadeus AMS 13-14; Audiophile Classics APL 101.751

Video recordings

Year Cast
Opera chorus and orchestra,
Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin),
Piotr Beczała (Lensky),
Anna Netrebko (Tatiana),
Oksana Volkova (Olga),
Elena Zaremba (Larina),
Larissa Diadkova (Filippyevna),
Alexei Tanovitsky (Gremin),
John Graham-Hall (Triquet),
Richard Bernstein (Zaretsky),
David Crawford (A captain)
Valery Gergiev
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Deborah Warner
Deutsche Grammophon

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