Eugen Onegin - OPER
25.02.2018 - 03.03.2018 | | Wiener Staatsoper
Scene One – At the family´s country estate, Madame Larina and Filipievna make jam as the voices of Tatiana and Olga are heard. Madame Larina recalls her youth, brought short by an arranged marriage that she feels has ultimately brought her contentment. Peasants arrive with news of the harvest. Their song brings Tatiana and Olga to the balcony to listen. Tatiana´s serious mood worries her family, but she reassures them that her sorrow is only due to the sad story she has been reading. Their musings are interrupted by the arrival of Lenski with his friend Onegin. Tatiana is immediately smitten with the handsome stranger, with whom she goes to walk in the garden, as Olga and Lenski delight in the love they have shared since childhood. By nightfall, even Filipievna is wondering if Tatiana has fallen for Onegin.
Scene Two – In the company of Filipievna, Tatiana attempts to prepare herself for bed, yet her restless thoughts have fended off sleep. Even the nurse´s recollections of youthful days fail to soothe. Left alone, Tatiana takes up her pen and begins a letter to Onegin, confessing her passion for him, admitting to “the turbulence of a youthful heart.” By the time the letter is finished, dawn has broken. Refusing any second thoughts, Tatiana asks Filipievna to have the letter delivered immediately to Onegin.
Scene Three – Peasant girls gather fruit in the Larina garden as Tatiana fearfully waits for Onegin. How will he respond to her appeal? His arrival does nothing to assuage her fears, for though he admits that he found her letter touching, he insists that he cannot return her love. His heart, he claims, is too cold to make room for love, and he offers the humiliated young woman nothing more than brotherly affection.
Scene One – A ball is in progress at the Larina´s estate. At Lenski´s insistence, Onegin is in attendance, yet the gossip he overhears concerning himself and Tatiana proves infuriating. Determined to have revenge upon his friend for putting him in this situation, Onegin decides to flirt with Olga, who returns his attentions. Lenski is incensed. Even a birthday ode sung to Tatiana by Triquet, the French tutor, does nothing to calm the situation. At last, tensions rise so high that Lenski challenges Onegin to a duel, and Onegin has no alternative but to accept.
Scene Two – Early the next morning, Lenski and his second, Zaretski, arrive at the appointed location for the duel. Lenski muses on his situation, wondering who will perish: Lenski himself, or his best friend Onegin. And will Olga shed a tear? Onegin arrives. Pistols are distributed. When the dust clears, it is Lenski who lies lifeless.
Scene One – Several years have passed. At a grand ball in St. Petersburg, Onegin watches the dancers. He has grown more cynical with time, and still feels remorse for Lenski´s death. Distracted from his boredom by the arrival of Prince Gremin escorting a lovely woman, Onegin is shocked to realize that she is Tatiana, now Gremin´s wife. The Prince lauds her beauty and faithfulness. In this woman, he claims, I have found true love. When events inevitably bring them together, both Onegin and Tatiana hide their past feelings.
Scene Two – At home in Gremin´s drawing room, Tatiana has received a letter from Onegin, and soon receives the man himself. He swears his love for her, as she once swore hers for him, but their lives are different now. She reminds him of how coldly he had treated her, of the fact that she is now married and no longer available to him. Even Onegin´s strongest entreaties cannot sway her, and he is left to realize how much he has lost.
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Scene One – At the family´s country estate, Madame Larina and Filipievna make jam as the voices >> Read more
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