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