From Literature to Opera:
Eugene Onegin

The opera Eugene Onegin combines the talents of two giants of Russian culture, Alexander Pushkin and Piotr Tchaikovsky. Learn more about both the novel in verse and the opera.


Exhibit: From Novel in Verse to Opera: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin by Pushkin

February 1 – March 31, 2016 at the University of Oregon Libraries: Knight Library

This exhibit by the University of Oregon Libraries explores Russian intellectual and cultural life when Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837) and Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) flourished. Pushkin, Russia’s greatest poet and writer, wrote Eugene Onegin in 1823-1831. It became a national masterpiece, and Tchaikovsky’s opera based on the novel premiered in Moscow in 1879.

This exhibit features materials pertaining to this classic work: Pushkin’s illustrations to his novel, Tchaikovsky’s comments in letters and diaries, recordings of the opera, and programs published by opera companies.


Talk and Performance: Tchaikovsky’s Portrayal of Onegin (part of Eugene Opera’s new LISTEN NOW! Series)

Opening notes of Eugene OneginMonday, February 22, 2016 at 6 pm, at the Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

The Eugene Opera Ambassadors will host Ann Schaffer, Music Librarian at the University of Oregon Knight Library, who will explore the musical themes of Eugene Onegin.

You’ll also be treated to music from the opera by singers and pianists from Eugene Opera’s array of talented artists, an opportunity for aficionados and novices alike to enjoy an enlightening musical presentation about the opera.


Tatiana's letterTalk: “And that something is Music”: Tchaikovsky and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6 pm, at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th and Olive

Susanna Lim, Associate Professor of Russian literature at the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College, will explore Piotr Tchaikovsky’s transformation of Aleksandr Pushkin’s novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, from a classic of Russian literature into a universally loved opera.


First Friday ArtWalk

Friday, March 4, 2016, 5:30 – 8 pm in downtown Eugene

Blinis. Photo from crepecuisine.comBob Hart, Director of the Lane County Historical Society Museum, and Mark Beudert, General Director of Eugene Opera, co-host this ArtWalk tour of galleries and art venues.

Celebrate “Butter Week,” Russians’ equivalent to Fat Tuesday, with blinis, vodka cocktails, and a Russian menu at restaurant Party Downtown, 55 W. Broadway. Blinis will also be hosted by Party Downtown at one of the galleries on the ArtWalk.

See the Lane Arts Council website for more details.


Alexander PushkinTheater: Eugene Onegin – Eugene, Oregon, an original bilingual play

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm
University of Oregon: Room 123 Global Scholars Hall

Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES) at the University of Oregon presents this Russian-English play by REEES theater director Julia Nemirovskaya based on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin.

The play enacts passages from the novel central to the opera and examines resonances with life in Eugene, Oregon.


Onegin (the movie)Film (with popcorn): Onegin

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6 pm, at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th and Olive

Onegin (1999), directed by Martha Fiennes, stars Ralph Fiennes as Onegin, Liv Tyler as Tatyana and Toby Stephens as Lensky. The file presents the novel’s story, not the opera. 106 minutes.

Onegin was nominated for Best British Film at the British Academy Film Awards.


Pre-performance Talk: Opera Insights

Eugene Onegin duel, painting by RepinFriday, March 11, 6:45 pm and Sunday, March 13, 1:45 pm, in the Hult Center Lobby

Enhance your experience of the opera with insights from Artistic Director Andrew Bisantz. Eugene Opera regulars know that Maestro Bisantz’s pre-show talks are not to be missed. Entertaining and informative, the talks (often with musical illustrations)  alert you to musical themes to listen for, point out distinctive features of the work, provide historical context, and give behind-the-scenes insight. You will find your experience of the opera immeasurably enriched.

Learn more about the opera