Eugene Onegin

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Eugene Onegin

By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Overview

Dates

September 25–October 14, 2022

Composer

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Price

Starting at $31

Run Time

3 hours with one intermission

Language

Sung in Russian with English supertitles

Libretto

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Konstantin S. Shilovsky

His pride will cost him everything.

She loved him at first sight. But Onegin, an aristocrat obsessed with appearances, could never be happy with a country girl like Tatyana. Or so he thought.


Emotions run high in Tchaikovsky's drama Eugene Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin's deeply human story.  Gorgeous sweeping melodies melt the heart, making this one of opera's most romantic masterpieces—from Tatyana's ardent letter scene to the intense final duet as Tatyana and Onegin fight for their emotional lives.

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Why See It

When verses from one of Russia’s greatest poets come together with music from one of Russia’s greatest composers, you’re in for a romance on par with the likes of Anna Karenina.

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The Buzz

"The mix of earthy colorings and vulnerability in the singing of soprano Evgenia Muraveva are ideal."
-The New York Times

"[Gordon Bintner] was every inch the haughty urbanite in the beginning and fully captured the depth of emotional crisis at the end. The dots were connected smoothly, the character evolving naturally. And Bintner’s rich voice made that journey compelling."
-Toronto Star


"[Evan LeRoy] Johnson especially was notable, his honeyed tenor caressing the long lines of Lensky’s gorgeous, celebrated aria."
-Philadelphia Magazine

Synopsis

Blasé about his visit to the Russian countryside, Eugene Onegin is determined to stand above the crowd—even if that means rejecting true love and hurting his best friend.



 

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* San Francisco Opera Debut

Performances
September 25, 28; October 1, 6, 9, 11, 14, 2022

Previous performances of Eugene Onegin can be found in our Archive.

Canadian Opera Company production, originally created for the Metropolitan Opera

Hear The Music

Audio excerpts are from the 1986 production of Eugene Onegin,
with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Richard Bradshaw.

Chorus of the Harvesters/San Francisco Opera Chorus; Tatiana’s Letter Scene/Mirella Freni; Onegin’s Aria/Thomas Allen; Polonaise/San Francisco Opera Orchestra

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; the San Francisco Opera Guild; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.