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Eugene
Onegin

Onegin og Tatjana
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Running
15. February–8. March
SCENE
Main Stage
Duration
3 h

Deep down, we’re all alone

Tchaikovsky’s romantic opera is a close encounter with intense, youthful love. At the same time, Eugene Onegin is a powerful portrayal of something we have all experienced – the passing of time, the chances we didn’t take and the fact that, deep down, we’re all alone.

It’s called Eugene Onegin, but the title of Tchaikovsky's opera could just as well have been Tatjana Larin. After all, it’s as much her story as it is anyone else’s. It’s about when she sees him for the first time – the handsome, well-travelled and self-confident Onegin. And it’s about when, 16 years later, he sees Tatjana – a modern, well-read and beautiful woman.  But by then it’s too late.

It’s a bitter cold winter. We’re at the Larin Family estate outside of St. Petersburg, where Mrs Larin lives with her daughters, Olga and Tatjana. While Olga dances and enjoys life, the contemplative Tatjana has escaped into the world of books. When Olga’s fiancee Lensky introduces Tatjana to his friend Onegin, the lives of the four youths change forever.

Russian opera at its best

Eugene Onegin is considered the most popular Russian opera. It is the brainchild of two giants in Russian cultural history, the writer Aleksandr Pushkin and the composer Peter Tchaikovsky. But while Pushkin identifies with Onegin, Tatjana is the one closer to Tchaikovsky’s heart. This can clearly be heard in the music he has written for her. The opera opens with Tatjana’s melody, which later expands into her grand, beautiful aria during the first act, when the brave girl writes a letter to Onegin and one of the most intense solo scenes for soprano voices.

Lyrical scenes

In Eugene Onegin, we enjoy two impressive ball scenes, impressive arias and impressive sounds. Yet the opera is also an intimate one that takes us into the remote corners of the human mind. When it first premiered in 1879, it was performed by students of the Moscow Conservatory. Tchaikovsky referred to the opera as ‘lyrical scenes’ and could not imagine it being performed on major opera stages. He was wrong. Only two years later, in 1881, Eugene Onegin premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and has become an established opera in opera houses around the world ever since.

In our new production, director Christof Loy takes the intimate and lyrical qualities of the work seriously and brings us to the very heart of this personal drama.

A judge of character

German director Christof Loy is known for his strong directing skills, clear from his critically acclaimed Wozzeck with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in 2017, also with Audun Iversen in the title role.  In May 2017, Loy was proclaimed Best Director during the International Opera Awards. In 2008, he received the Faust Award for Così fan tutte at Oper Frankfurt and has been nominated three times as ‘Opera Director of the Year’ by the trade magazine Opernwelt.

  • Première discussion
  • Free introduction one hour before the performance

 

Artistic team and roles

  • Musikk
    Pjotr Tsjajkovskij
  • Oroginaltittel
    Yevgény Onégin
  • Libretto
    Konstantin Shilovsky, basert på Aleksandr Pusjkins verseroman
  • Musikalsk ledelse
    Lothar Koenigs
  • Regi
    Christof Loy
  • Scenografi
    Raimund Vogt
  • Kostymer
    Herbert Murauer
  • Lysdesign
    Olaf Winter
  • Koreografi
    Andreas Heise
  • Utøvere
    Operakoret, Operaorkestret
Roles
    • Eugen Onegin
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Tatjana
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Lenski
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Fyrst Gremin, Saretzkij
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Olga
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Larina
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Filipjevna
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Triquet
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Kapteinen
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Eldre hushjelp
    • Eldre tjener
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Yngre tjener
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Første yngre tjenestepike
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Andre yngre tjenestepike
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Yngre hushjelp
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
    • Stallgutt
        • 15. Feb 2020
        • 18. Feb 2020
        • 20. Feb 2020
        • 22. Feb 2020
        • 25. Feb 2020
        • 27. Feb 2020
        • 6. Mar 2020
        • 8. Mar 2020
Price
100–845 kr
Language
Russian
Subtitles
English and Norwegian
  • Saturday 15. February
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Tuesday 18. February
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 20. February
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 22. February
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Tuesday 25. February
    19.00 / Main Stage
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  • Thursday 27. February
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 6. March
    19.00 / Main Stage
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  • Sunday 8. March
    16.00 / Main Stage