Eugene Onegin

The romantic Russian drama Eugene Onegin by Peter Tchaikovsky — a musically sumptuous realization of Alexander Pushkin’s immortal Russian novel in verse — was performed on March 11 and 13, 2016.

The reviews:

“Each and every performer presented a jaw-dropping, tear-jerking, stellar production worthy of the best opera houses in the country…. Director David Lefkowich’s minimal staging and Alex Fontain’s set served perfectly to hint at the setting while not distracting from the high level of talent on stage…. The chorus…provid[ed] voice for the delightful and graceful dancers of Eugene Ballet. Every member of the cast fit their role perfectly…. Anton Belov, as Onegin, lent an air of authority to the production…. Jill Gardner is a true diva, and her portrayal of Tatyana rocketed this production from great to exceptional.” — Alison Kaufman (The Register-Guard). Read the full review (may require Register-Guard subscription).

“Beautifully done” — read “All the things I loved about Eugene Onegin tonight” by Bob Keefer (Eugene Art Talk).

For a peek at the dress rehearsal on March 9, click on the video below.

Dance is an integral element of Eugene Onegin. There are dance scenes in all three acts, from the Peasant Dance in Act 1 to the Polonaise and Ecossaises in Act 3, with a Waltz and Mazurka in between. Eugene Ballet has partnered with Eugene Opera to bring you scintillating dances choreographed by Antonio Anacan, with dancers Cory Betts, Kaori Fukui, Yamil Maldonado, Yoshi Oshima, Sara Stockwell, and Jun Tanabe.