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Eugene Onegin

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Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25, 2020

Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25, 2020

A Decadent Russian Romance

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Overview

A striking new production. The sumptuous costumes and elegant scenery tastefully convey the continental opulence of rich gentry in nineteenth-century Russia.”

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By Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky

For Tatyana, it’s love at first sight. She stays up all night baring her soul in a passionate letter to Onegin, only to suffer crushing heartbreak the next day. When he finally returns her affections, it’s too late—a rival has appeared.

With breathtaking music by Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, 1812 Overture) and a story based on Alexander Pushkin’s masterful verse novel, Eugene Onegin is poignant Russian romance at its finest. Lush orchestrations, elegant ballroom dances, grand sets, and elaborate period costumes bring 1800s Russia to life on the McCaw Hall stage for the first time in this achingly beautiful tale of longing, remorse, and love unfulfilled.

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Eugene Onegin, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 2017 © Cory Weaver

In Russian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes including two intermissions

 

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Synopsis

ACT I
A Garden. In the garden of the Larina country estate, Madame Larina and nurse Filipyevna can hear Mme. Larina's two daughters, Tatyana and Olga, sing a song about love. Mme. Larina begins to reminisce about her own marriage to a man she did not love; “The good Lord sends us habit as a substitute for happiness,” she concludes. The workers on the estate sing and dance to celebrate the harvest. Tatyana is lost in the romantic literature she loves, while her younger, more carefree sister Olga wants to join the celebration. Mme. Larina warns Tatyana that real life is different from her stories. Filipyevna announces that two young men have arrived. Olga's fiancé Lensky, a poet, and his new friend Eugene Onegin enter. Tatyana is immediately attracted to Onegin, who tells her he has inherited a nearby estate and how dull he finds the country. Filipyevna recognizes the effect Onegin has had on Tatyana.

Tatyana's Room. Tatyana is dressed for bed, but she is restless and unable to sleep. She asks Filipyevna to tell her stories about her youth and marriage. Tatyana confesses that she has fallen for Onegin. Once alone, she pours her heart out into a letter to Onegin. Filipyevna enters to wake Tatyana, and Tatyana convinces her to have her grandson deliver the letter to Onegin.

Another part of the estate. Servant girls on the estate sing songs while they pick fruit. Meanwhile, Tatyana anxiously awaits Onegin's response to her letter. Onegin enters and explains that he is not a man who falls in love easily. He expresses that he is unworthy of her love and can only offer her friendship. He warns Tatyana to stay in control of her emotions. The servant girls are heard singing again. Devastated, Tatyana is unable to reply.

ACT II
The ballroom of the Larin estate. Against his better judgment, Onegin accompanies Lensky to a party celebrating Tatyana’s name day. Onegin dances with Tatyana but becomes increasingly irritated by the gossipy old neighbors, whom he overhears discussing him and Tatyana maliciously. An elderly French fop, M. Triquet, sings a song he has composed honoring Tatyana. Onegin decides to punish Lensky for dragging him to this miserable party by flirting with Olga. Enraged, Lensky challenges Onegin to a duel. Onegin reluctantly accepts the challenge.

A barren field. Lensky and his second, Zaretsky, wait for Onegin. Lensky reflects on his life, his poetry, his fear of death, and his love for Olga. Onegin arrives with his servant, Guillot. Both Onegin and Lensky are reluctant to go forward with the duel, but neither has the courage to stop it. Zaretsky gives the signal. Onegin shoots and kills Lensky.

ACT III 
A nobleman's house in St. Petersburg. Five years later, Onegin, who fled Russia after the duel, returns to the imperial capital and attends a ball. He reflects on the emptiness of his life and his remorse for killing Lensky. Prince Gremin, Onegin’s wealthy older relative, enters and introduces his wife. Onegin is astonished to see that the Prince has married Tatyana. Tatyana is also surprised to see Onegin, but tries to suppress her emotion. Dazzled by Tatyana's beauty and nobility, Onegin realizes that he is now in love with her. He decides to write to her to arrange a meeting.

Prince Gremin's home. Onegin's letter has disturbed Tatyana by stirring up the emotions she once felt for him. Onegin arrives; Tatyana asks why he is pursuing her now. Is it because she is no longer a simple girl from an obscure backwater, but a lady of high and fashionable society? Onegin tells her his love is genuine and begs her to run away with him. Brought to tears by his plea, Tatyana admits that she still loves him, but explains that their union will never be. Onegin implores her, but Tatyana is determined to remain faithful to her husband. Tatyana bids him farewell forever. Alone, ashamed, and despairing, Onegin rails against his fate.

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Cast

John Moore

Eugene Onegin

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Steve Jobs, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Milford (Okoboji), IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro ('16) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (’17); Papageno, The Magic Flute (’17)
Recently: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (San Diego Opera); Achilla, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival Opera House); Mr. Johannes Zegner, Proving Up (Opera Omaha)
Upcoming: Grand Prêtre, Alceste (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisboa); Steve Jobs, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Seattle Opera); Zurga, The Pearl Fishers (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Last Updated: December 2018

John Moore

Eugene Onegin

Jan. 11, 15, 19, & 25

Michael Adams

Eugene Onegin

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Lt. Adubert, Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Masetto, Don Giovanni (Grand-Theatre de Geneve); The Pilot, The Little Prince (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Lord Enrico Ashton, Lucia di Lammermoor (Knoxville Opera); Zurga, The Pearl Fishers (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Last Updated: December 2018

Michael Adams

Eugene Onegin

Jan. 12, 18, 22, & 24

Marjukka Tepponen

Tatyana

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Tatyana, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Seattle Opera Debut: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Mona, Ice (Finnish National Opera); Woglinde, Das Rheingold (Finnish National Opera); Mimí, La bohème (Rijeka National Opera)
Upcoming: Mimí, La bohème (Jyväskylä Opera); Micaela, Carmen (Tampere Opera); Woglinde, Götterdämmerung (Finnish National Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

Marjukka Tepponen

Tatyana

Jan. 11, 15, 19, & 25

Marina Costa-Jackson

Tatyana

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Tatyana, Eugene Onegin and Three Singing Sisters

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Seattle Opera Debut: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Desdemona, Otello (Savonlinna Opera Festival); Elisabetta, Don Carlo (Grange Park Opera); Mimi, La bohème (LA Opera)
Upcoming: Amelia, Simon Boccanegra (Washington Concert Opera); Nedda, I Pagliacci (Michigan Opera Theater); Mimi, La bohème (Opera National de Paris)

Last Updated: August 2019

Marina Costa-Jackson

Tatyana

Jan. 12, 18, 22, & 24

Colin Ainsworth

Lenski

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Lenski, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Brooklin, ON
Seattle Opera Debut: Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (’16)
Recently: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (Opera Atelier Toronto); Idomeneo, Idomeneo (Opera Atelier Toronto); Actéon & Pygmalion (Opera Atelier Toronto, Harris Theater Chicago, & Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles France)

Last Updated: October 2019

Colin Ainsworth

Lenski

Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Melody Wilson

Olga

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Olga, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Newark, DE
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Linda, Lost in the Stars (Union Avenue Opera); Fenena, Nabucco (Union Avenue Opera); Blumenmadchen, Mondparsifal Alpha (Wiener Festwochen and Berliner Festspiele); Addie, Regina (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Maddalena, Rigoletto (Hungarian State Opera)

Last Updated: January 2019

Melody Wilson

Olga

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Meredith Arwady

Filipievna

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Filipievna, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
Erda, Das Rheingold (L’Opéra de Montréal); Filipievna, Eugene Onegin (Michigan Opera Theatre); Pasqualita, Doctor Atomic (Santa Fe Opera)
Upcoming:
Fortunata, Satyricon (Oper Frankfurt); Madame Flora, The Medium (Oper Frankfurt)

Last Updated: January 2019

Meredith Arwady

Filipievna

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Margaret Gawrysiak

Madame Larina

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Geneseo, IL
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2007/08; 2008/09
Seattle Opera Debut: Vera Boronel, The Consul (’14)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Berta, The Barber of Seville (’17); Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (’16)
Recently: Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Seattle Symphony); Soloist, Handel Messiah (Virginia Symphony Orchestra); Ruth, The Pirates of Penzance (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Last Updated: December 2018

Margaret Gawrysiak

Madame Larina

Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

David Leigh

Prince Gremin

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Prince Gremin, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: New York City, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
 Timur, Turandot (Canadian Opera Company); Colline, La bohème (Bolshoi Theatre); Zuniga, Carmen (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: König Marke, Tristan und Isolde (Santa Fe Opera), Il Frate, Don Carlo (Dallas Opera), Timur, Turandot (Austin Lyric Opera)

Last Updated: October 2019

David Leigh

Prince Gremin

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Martin Bakari

Monsieur Triquet

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Monsieur Triquet, Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Yellow Springs, OH
Seattle Opera Debut: Peter the Honeyman, Porgy and Bess (’18)
Recently: Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker's Yardbird (Atlanta Opera and Arizona Opera); The Visitor, In the Penal Colony (Portland Opera); Genji, Murasaki's Moon (On Site Opera/Metropolitan Museum of Art) 
Upcoming: Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Syracuse Opera); Tenor soloist, Carmina Burana (Carnegie Hall); Dr. Blind, Die Fledermaus (Fort Worth Opera)

Last Updated: October 2019

 

Martin Bakari

Monsieur Triquet

Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Misha (Michael) Myznikov

Zaretsky/A Captain

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Zaretsky/A Captain, Eugene Onegin 

Birthplace: Russkie-Borisy, Azerbaijan
Seattle Opera Chorus member since 1993
Seattle Opera Debut: Guillot, Eugene Onegin (’02)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Hermann, The Tales of Hoffmann (14)
Recently: Junius, The Rape of Lucretia, Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin, Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Tacoma Opera)
Upcoming: Silvio, Pagliacci (Northwest Lyric Opera); Bass solo, Messiah (Federal Way PAEC); Rachmaninoff's songs (NW Edvard Grieg Society)

Last updated: October 2019

Misha (Michael) Myznikov

Zaretsky/A Captain

Jan. 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25

Cast

Creative Team

Aleksandar Marković

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Der Rosenkavalier (Opera North); Jenůfa (Opera North); Rienzi, der letzte der Tribunen (Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munchen)
Upcoming: Orchestra’s Master’s Series (Croatian Radio Symphony); NOMUS Festival in Novi Sad; Elektra (Slovenian Philharmonic)

Last Updated: October 2019

Aleksandar Marković

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Tomer Zvulun

Original Production Director

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Seattle Opera Debut: Lucia di Lammermoor (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Semele (’15); La bohème (’10)
Recently: Silent Night (Washington National Opera; Dinner at Eight (Wexford Festival Opera); Der Fliegende Hollaender and Rigoletto (Houston Grand Opera); Eugene Onegin (Atlanta Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Montreal Opera) 
Upcoming: Silent Night (Utah Opera); Dead Man Walking (New Israeli Opera); The R(evolution) of Steve Jobs (Atlanta Opera, Austin Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Last Updated: October 2019

Tomer Zvulun

Original Production Director

Erhard Rom

Scenic Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin, La bohème

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Semele (’15)
Recently: Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Rigoletto (Wolf Trap Opera); Eugene Onegin (Hawaii Opera Theatre)
Upcoming: Silent Night (Austin Opera); Moby Dick (Opera San Jose); La bohème (Dallas Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

Erhard Rom

Scenic Designer

Isabella Bywater

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin

Hometown: London, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Sets and Costumes, Falstaff (New National Theatre Tokyo); Set designer, La bohème (English National Opera); Director, Il tabarro (Den Norske Opera, Oslo)
Upcoming: Sets and Costumes, Faust (Mariinksy Theatre, St. Petersburg); Director, Suor Angelica (Den Norske Opera, Oslo)

Last Updated: December 2018

Isabella Bywater

Costume Designer

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella, Eugene Onegin, La bohème

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Recently: Conductor, As One (Seattle Opera); Chorusmaster, Rigoletto (Seattle Opera); Assistant Conductor, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, Cinderella and Eugene Onegin (Seattle Opera); Judge, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Pianist, Three Singing Sisters (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: August 2019

John Keene

Chorusmaster

Creative Team

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Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: Eugene Onegin, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 2017 © Cory Weaver