Eugene Onegin

Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Lyrical scenes in three acts, op. 24 (1879)
Libretto by Peter I. Tchaikovsky and Konstantin S. Shilovsky
after Alexander S. Pushkin's Eugene Onegin (1823-30)
In Russian with German surtitles

Premiere 
12 August 2019 - 7.30 p.m., Opera Studio at Kornmarkt
Duration 
approx. 3 hours (incl. interval)
Eugen Onegin

"Habit is heaven-sent, a substitute for happiness." These words of the landowner Larina and the nanny Filippyevna encapsulate their attitude to marriage. Their husbands were chosen for them; love came with time.

While Larina's daughter Olga can already imagine herself wed to her neighbour Lensky, her more reserved sister Tatyana falls in love with the poet Eugene Onegin, who turns up unexpectedly. At night she writes a letter declaring her love for him. But she is rebuffed by the dandy from the city. At a party on Tatyana's name day he provokes Lensky by dancing repeatedly with Olga. Lensky, deeply offended, challenges him to a duel, and pays for it with his life. Years later Onegin meets Tatyana once again, when she is married to a wealthy prince. They both confess their love for each other. But Tatyana is not prepared to go back on her commitment to Prince Gremin.

Tchaikovsky composed stirring music that illuminates the emotional life of his characters. Even so he feared the opera was unstageable, in spite of being convinced by the genuineness of the human emotion it contained. To preserve his work from the "ghastly, banal routine" of established opera singers, he composed it for performance by students of Moscow Conservatoire. In Bregenz, too, it's talented young singers who will rise to the challenge of playing these difficult parts, and penetrate into the characters' complex emotional world together with the director Jan Eßinger. On the musical side they will be joined by Valentin Uryupin, who since winning the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition has gone on to give concerts with highly regarded European orchestras.

Music director Valentin Uryupin
Stage director Jan Eßinger
Stage & Costume designer Nikolaus Webern
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt

Cast

Larina Judith Thielsen
Tatjana Shira Patchornik
Olga Aytaj Shikhalizada
Filipjewna Liuba Sokolova
Eugen Onegin Ilya Kutyukhin
Lenski Alexey Neklyudov
Triquet David Kerber

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Additional information

Sujet Meisterklasse 19, Inhalt
Sujet Meisterklasse 19, Inhalt
Dmitry Vdovin Masterclass

Soloists of the Bregenz Festival Opera Studio
6 July 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

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Sujet Meisterklasse 19, Inhalt
Dmitry Vdovin Masterclass

Soloists of the Bregenz Festival Opera Studio
6 July 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Sujet Meisterklasse 19, Inhalt
Dmitry Vdovin Masterclass

Soloists of the Bregenz Festival Opera Studio
6 July 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Musik & Poesie

21 & 28 July and 4 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

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Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Musik & Poesie

21 & 28 July and 4 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Musik & Poesie

21 & 28 July and 4 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Sujet Don Quichotte 19, Inhalt
Sujet Don Quichotte 19, Inhalt
Don Quichotte

Jules Massenet
Premiere on 18 July 2019
7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

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Sujet Don Quichotte 19, Inhalt
Don Quichotte

Jules Massenet
Premiere on 18 July 2019
7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

Sujet Don Quichotte 19, Inhalt
Don Quichotte

Jules Massenet
Premiere on 18 July 2019
7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus