Eugene Onegin

Lyric opera in seven scenes
Music : Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Libretto : Pyotr Tchaikovsky & Konstantin Shilovsky (after Alexander Pushkin)

(9 characters, 36 musicians & 24 chorus singers)
Staged by Yuri Alexandrov
Premiere: 29 June 1993

This interpretation of this famous work, part of the "gold reserves" of Russian opera, turned out to be a piece of truly innovative directing. "We are performing not Tchaikovsky's opera, but rather showing our feelings towards Tchaikovsky and Pushkin," says stage director Yuri Alexandrov of the production concept. Onegin mixes ideas of thought and time, allowing the characters in the opera to be seen as slightly "distanced", in a context stylistically closer to Chekhov than to Pushkin.