Eugene Onegin

Now through October 14

Eugene Onegin

By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Overview

Dates

September 25–October 14, 2022

Composer

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Price

Starting at $31

Run Time

2 hours 59 minutes 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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Statement Regarding Eugene Onegin and Ukraine

San Francisco Opera condemns the abhorrent invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Our intention is always to present music that transcends boundaries and invites the community into a shared experience of humanity. We encourage people to read a program article that explores the perspectives on the intersection of Ukrainian and Russian operatic repertoire, and we will be sharing additional resources as we approach opening night of Onegin. The War Memorial Opera House has been lit in the colors of the Ukrainian flag since May when the Opera resumed residency in the house, and will remain lit blue and yellow through the fall season. 

Consider providing financial assistance to young musical talents and supporting initiatives aimed at the cultural development of Ukraine through International Music Bridge.  This non-profit is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage programs, financing of non-commercial cultural and social projects aimed at developing the country’s creativity and cultural potential.

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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

"Evan LeRoy Johnson, a vibrantly fresh-toned tenor from Pine Island, Minnesota, made a terrific company debut, one that gave suggestions of further thrilling appearances yet to come."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"In his company debut, the Greek conductor Vassilis Christopoulos drew handsomely colored playing from the Opera Orchestra."
-San Francisco Chronicle


Tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson "was superbly… matched by debuting mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina in a robust and dramatically vibrant turn as Olga, Tatyana’s sister and Lensky’s beloved."
-San Francisco Chronicle

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

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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.