Eugene Onegin —subtitled "Lyric Scenes" by Tchaikovsky— was inspired by Alexander Pushkin's novel of the same name. It was the singer Elizavieta Lavrovskaya who originally suggested adapting Pushkin's novel into an opera. While initially skeptical, Tchaikovsky became heavily invested in the opera's composition, entirely rewriting the libretto himself in a single evening. The story centers around Eugene Onegin, a young dandy of Saint Petersburg, who rejects the love of a young aristocrat and becomes involved in a deadly combat with his best friend out of jealousy. Tragedy and depression hover like shadows over this masterpiece of lyric opera.
Photo: Stanislav Kochanovsky © Evgeny Evtyukhov
Michael Boder, Gilbert Deflo – With Misha Didyk (Hermann), Emily Magee (Liza) and Ludovic Tézier (Prince Yeletsky) – Gran Teatre del Liceu
Daniel Barenboim (conductor) – Staatsoper Berlin