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SIMULCAST - Eugene Onegin

July 24 - August 26, 2021

Join us for a “DRIVE-IN” Simulcast Opera Experience!

For the 2021 Season, each evening’s performance of Eugene Onegin will be simulcast onto two state-of-the-art LED video walls in our lower parking lots. There you will find sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the opera playing on your own car radio!

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Entrance: Exit 168 of US 84/285. Enter on Opera Drive – turn right before you get to the main theater parking lot on the south side of the theater. There will be parking lot attendants to direct you in to the lot.

Before you purchase tickets, please review our FAQs.

Music by
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto by
Konstantin Shilovsky, 1877, after Alexander Pushkin
Sung in
On Screen Translations
Directed for the Screen by
Bruce Bryant
Assistant Video Director
Beth Krynicki
Audio Engineer
Michael Schweppe
Simulcast Production Company
Staging Solutions
Screens Provided by
db Production Services
Production Support Generously Provided by
Jane Stieren Lacy in honor of Brad Woolbright
Robert & Ellen Vladem
Additional Artistic Support Provided by
The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
Simulcast Sponsors
Brooke Suzanne Gray
James V. & Dana Pope Manning
Gene & Jean Stark
March 29, 1879 at the Maly Theatre, Moscow
Run Time
Approximately 3 hours 10 minutes including one 25-minute intermission and one 20-minute intermission


  • Act I

    Autumn. The Larin estate in the Russian countryside.

    Madame Larina makes preserves and listens to her daughters Tatyana and Olga. As the girls sing of young love lost, Larina and the old nurse Filipyevna remember their own youth. A group of peasants carries in a decorated sheaf of grain, and they sing and dance for Larina. Olga, wishing to join their merriment, teases Tatyana for being bookish and misty. Then Larina enters and likewise asks Tatyana the reason for her pallor. Olga in turn teases both her mother and sister, for she sees the approach of her fiancé, the poet Vladimir Lensky. Tatyana, learning that his elegant friend Eugene Onegin is with him, tries to flee in embarrassment.

    Lensky arrives with Onegin. Tatyana falls instantly for the handsome stranger, who derides Lensky in private for having chosen the less interesting sister. Lensky and Olga commiserate having spent a whole day apart.

    At bedtime, Tatyana can’t sleep. She asks the nurse to tell her stories of the olden days — then confesses she’s fallen in love. She spends the night writing to Onegin; and in the morning she asks Filipyevna to have her letter delivered.

    Onegin finds Tatyana in the garden. He’s read her letter and wishes to reciprocate her candor — for he cannot reciprocate her feeling. She is a treasure, but he’s simply not the marrying kind: and she’d do well to restrain her artless ardor, lest another take advantage of her. His sermon ended, he offers her his arm and leads her inside.

  • Act II

    The Larin estate.

    Onegin, whom Lensky has persuaded to attend Tatyana’s name-day party, finds himself seated directly across from her. She is mortified. He is ennui-ed. After the toasts he decides to punish Lensky for subjecting him to such a tiresome gathering, and sweeps Olga off to dance for the rest of the evening.

    The jealous Lensky quarrels with Olga, then with Onegin. To everyone’s dismay, he demands satisfaction for his offense. The party dissolves.

    At dawn the two friends meet as foes. While Lensky waits for Onegin, he sings of poetry and of Olga. Regretting the folly of their prideful challenge, they still proceed for honor’s sake. Lensky is killed.

  • Act III

    Saint Petersburg, several years later.

    Returned from long travels, ridden with guilt for the death of his friend, Onegin attends one of the parties he has always detested, this one at the home of Prince Gremin. He wonders aloud about the elegant young woman who seems to hold the room in sway, and Gremin proudly presents his adored wife — Tatyana Larina. She greets Onegin serenely.

    This time it is Onegin who pours out his love in a letter to Tatyana. He calls on her and begs her to run away with him. And this time hers is the sermon. She loves him as she did that day in the garden; but she is resolved to remain in this house with her husband. She flees the room, leaving Onegin alone in despair.


Your Health and Safety is our first concern! Audience Participation Required!


  • Tickets will be issued via Email.  We recommend taking a screenshot of your tickets as WiFi may be unreliable in the parking lots.
  • Please check your spam folders if you do not receive your tickets at least a week prior to the event. You should see a confirmation immediately after your purchase.
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Exchanges, however, are possible.
  • Simulcasts will proceed rain or shine. However, under adverse weather conditions such as (but not limited to): lightning, high wind, or torrential rain or hail, we may cancel the event, if necessary. ONLY IF A SIMULCAST IS CANCELLED will refunds be issued to the original ticket holder.
  • We encourage anyone who is feeling unwell not to attend a performance. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call the Box Office prior to your performance to discuss your ticket options. We will work with patrons on a case-by-case basis.


  • Tickets are general admission within price zones.
  • Oversized vehicles will be parked as to no obstruct viewers from behind, to the best of our ability.
  • NO RVs or trailers will be allowed, utility or otherwise.
  • Smaller cars will be parked either closer to the screen or in a more central area within their price zone.
  • Parking attendants may need to move your location prior to the performance to allow for better viewing for all cars.
  • You may open the hatch of your car or SUV, however it cannot obstruct the view of other patrons.
  • Please remain with your vehicle at all times unless visiting the restrooms.
  • Pets are not allowed in the theater or parking lot.


  • Masks are required when entering the Santa Fe Opera facilities and restrooms.
  • Your face mask should:
    • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
    • Completely cover your nose and mouth
    • Fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps
    • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask
    • Single layer masks, gaiters or masks with visible exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable.


  • Food may be consumed inside your vehicle or immediately adjacent to your vehicle.
  • Alcohol is not allowed.


  • Restrooms will be available in the parking lot, including an ADA accessible, gender neutral facility. Please accompany any minors or dependents.
  • Patrons must sanitize their hands both before and after using the restroom facilities.


  • Tune in to 88.7 FM on your car or portable radio to listen to the simulcast.
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