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2002 production photo from Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin 2002

June 28 - August 22, 2002

A poignant story of love unfulfilled…

…features the epic sweep of music by Russia’s most romantic composer.

Music By
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto By
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky


Act I

While the sisters Tatyana and Olga Larina sing a melancholy love song, Madame Larina reminisces with Filipyevna, the aged nurse. Peasants are heard singing, announcing the completion of the harvest. Down-to-earth Olga chides Tatyana for being a dreamer. Madame Larina remarks how pale Tatyana looks. Tatyana explains how she thrills to the stories of ill-fated lovers. Lensky, a neighboring landowner, arrives with his sophisticated friend, Eugene Onegin. Lensky courts Olga. Tatyana recognizes in Onegin the man whom she believes Fate has chosen for her.

Later that evening, Tatyana writes a long letter to Onegin, declaring her love for him and leaving herself to his mercy.

The next day, Onegin calls on Tatyana, coolly explains that he could never be happy married to her, and advises her to control her feelings in the future. He leaves the humiliated Tatyana behind.

Act II

At Tatyana’s “Name-Day” ball, some guests waltz while others gossip about Onegin. Hearing them, he becomes angry that Lensky brought him to this party and decides to make Lensky jealous. Onegin dances with the flirtatious Olga; when Lensky reproaches her, she brushes him aside and keeps dancing with Onegin.

Lensky becomes agitated and denounces Onegin in front of everyone. Onegin accepts Lensky’s challenge to a duel. The next morning, Lensky recounts his love for Olga. Lensky and Onegin question their resolve, but they cannot turn back from the duel. Onegin shoots Lensky dead.


Years later, after wandering abroad, Onegin has returned to St. Petersburg. He is bored at a party, despite the lively entertainment. Tatyana enters with her husband, the war hero Prince Gremin. Gremin ‘introduces’ Onegin to Tatyana and tells of their happy marriage.

Onegin is struck by Tatyana’s cultivated poise and beauty, and realizes to his surprise that he is in love with her. The next day, Onegin calls on Tatyana, whose feelings have been stirred by seeing him again. She discourages him, but admits that she loves him. Resolving to stay true to her husband, she flies from the room, leaving Onegin alone to despair.


Rod Gilfry headshot

Rod Gilfry


Eugene Onegin (June 28 - July 3)

Nicolai Janitzky headshot

Nicolai Janitzky


Eugene Onegin (July 6 & 12)

Scott Hendricks headshot

Scott Hendricks


Eugene Onegin (July 19- August 22)

Patricia Racette headshot

Patricia Racette



Beth Clayton headshot

Beth Clayton



Kurt Streit headshot

Kurt Streit



Judith Christin headshot

Judith Christin


Larina (June 28 - July 19)

Kathleen Clawson headshot

Kathleen Clawson


Larina (July 30- August 22)

Susan Shafer headshot

Susan Shafer



Tim Willson headshot

Tim Willson


Monsieur Triquet

Valerian Ruminski headshot

Valerian Rumininsky


Prince Gremin (June 28-July 6)

Eric Halfvarson headshot

Eric Halfvarson


Prince Gremin (July 12 -August 22)

Branch Fields headshot

Branch Fields


Captain Petrovich

Bert K. Johnson headshot

Bert K. Johnson



Mauricio Trejo O'Reilly headshot

Mauricio Trejo O'Reilly


Monsieur Guillot

Alan Gilbert headshot

Alan Gilbert


Jonathan Miller headshot

Jonathan Miller


Isabella Bywater headshot

Isabella Bywater

Scenic & Costume Designer

Duane Schuler headshot

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Pearl Potts headshot

Pearl Potts


Robert Wood headshot

Robert Wood

Chorus Master