When the young Tatyana declares her love for the dashing dandy Eugene Onegin, he coldly rejects her. He idly begins to flirt with her sister, until tragic consequences change all their fates.
Choreographer John Cranko first became acquainted with Alexander Pushkin’s verse-novel Eugene Onegin in 1952 when he choreographed Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same name. He created his own distinctive version of Pushkin’s work for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1965.
Incorporating an eclectic range of dance forms, Cranko’s choreography includes folk, modern, ballroom and acrobatic. Onegin and Tatyana’s relationship is depicted through emotionally charged duets, such as the letter-writing scene when the sensitive Tatyana dances a dream pas de deux with her longed-for lover.
Portraying Tatyana presents many challenges for a ballerina, requiring dramatic sensibility and technical finesse to transform from a bookish country girl into a sophisticated woman at the pinnacle of St. Petersburg high society.
Set to stirring music by Tchaikovsky arranged by Kurt-Heinz Stolze, with designs by Jürgen Rose, lighting designs by Steen Bjarke, and staging by Reid Anderson and Jane Bourne. Book you tickets for ONEGIN today!
Conductor Dominic Grier leading the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Tatyana: Alina Cojocaru, Laura Morera, Marianela Nuñez, Sarah Lamb
- Eugene Onegin: Jason Reilly, Federico Bonelli, Thiago Soares, Valeri Hristov
- Olga: Akane Takada, Yuhui Choe, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Yasmine Naghdi
- Lensky: Steven McRae, Valentino Zucchetti, Dawid Trzensimiech, Nehemiah Kish
- Prince Gremin: Bennet Gartside, Gary Avis, Thomas Whitehead, Ryoichi Hirano