Opera Australia’s 2014 Sydney Summer Season concludes at the Sydney Opera House on 28 March. Finishing off the season is Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin, Opera Australia’s first co-production with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Eugene Onegin is performed in Russian with English surtitles and is based on the Alexander Pushkin novel of the same name. Set in St Petersburg in the early 19th century, the opera tells the tale of a young girl’s first love that goes unrequited, charting a course from hope to regret with tragic consequences along the way. When Onegin thoughtlessly rejects a young admirer, he is unaware the decision will determine his life’s course. The fallout affects those around him, leading to an unnecessary and fateful duel with his closest friend.
In his performance debut with Opera Australia, Slovak baritone Dalibor Jenis plays the dashing Eugene Onegin and Opera Australia’s own Nicole Car plays Tatyana.
Directed by Danish opera director Kasper Holten, Artistic Director of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Eugene Onegin has one of the most beautiful scores in opera and is regarded as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Sandra Tiltman