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Washington National Opera: Eugene Onegin

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Friday, March 29, 2019

Washington National Opera

Time shifts desires—and one man will regret his choice—in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited love and missed opportunities, inspired by Pushkin’s novel. More than 30 years have passed since WNO last staged this dramatic tale of rejection and remorse, and now a visually stunning production marks its return.

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Regret is the most heartbreaking tragedy of all.

Eugene Onegin
Music and libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin

Mar. 9e, 17m, 20e, 23e, 25e & 29e (2019) in the Opera House
In Russian with Projected English Titles
Canadian Opera Company Production
This production of Eugene Onegin was originally created for The Metropolitan Opera

Pushkin’s sweeping novel comes to vivid life in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Young Tatiana confesses her devotion to the worldly Onegin, but his cold refusal devastates her. Years later, when Tatiana matures, it is Onegin who begs for her love. Will Tatiana embrace the man she once longed for? Or will Onegin forever be the victim of his own bitter decision?

More than 30 years have passed since WNO last staged this dramatic story of unrequited love, and now a visually stunning production marks its return. Complete with lush period costumes, majestic ballroom scenes, and a deadly duel, Eugene Onegin is a provocative tale of rejection and regret propelled by Tchaikovsky’s radiant lyricism.

Performance Timing: Approximately 3 hours—Act One - 70 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 76 min.

Come early to interact with real props and costumes! 
WNO’s Touch Cart will be open one hour prior to the performances on Mar. 20 & 29.

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CAST
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Tatiana:
Anna Nechaeva
Olga:
Lindsay Ammann
Lensky: 
Alexey Dolgov
Onegin:
Igor Golovatenko
Gremin: 
Eric Halfvarson
Mme Larina:
Elena Zaremba
Filippyevna: 
Victoria Livengood
Monsieur Triquet:
Joshua Blue
Zaretsky:
Joshua Conyers
Captain:
Samuel Weiser

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CREATIVE TEAM
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Conductor:
Robert Trevino
Original Production:
Robert Carsen
Director:
Peter McClintock
Set and Costume Designer:
Michael Levine
Lighting Designer:
Christine Binder
Choreographer:
Serge Bennathan

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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
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Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. 
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Eugene Onegin.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 20, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes.

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POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
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Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Eugene Onegin Talkback Dates:
Sunday, Mar. 17
Monday, Mar. 25

Watch and Listen

Igor Golovatenko's US debut as WNO's Eugene Onegin | The Kennedy Center

Anna Nechaeva's US debut as Tatiana in WNO's Eugene Onegin | The Kennedy Center