Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

One of the most poignant lyrical «scenes» in the Russian repertoire, revisited by Stéphane Braunschweig and the young conductor Karina Canellakis.

Eugène Onéguine
Eugène Onéguine © Vincent Pontet
Répétitions d'Eugène Onéguine
Eugène Onéguine © Vincent Pontet
Eugène Onéguine
Eugène Onéguine © Vincent Pontet
Eugène Onéguine
Eugène Onéguine © Vincent Pontet


Karina Canellakis | direction
Stéphane Braunschweig | staging and scenography
Marion Lévy | choreography
Thibault Vancraenenbroeck | costumes
Marion Hewlett | lights

Mireille Delunsch | Larina
Gelena Gaskarova | Tatyana
Alisa Kolosova | Olga
Jean-François Borras | Vladimir Lenski
Jean-Sébastien Bou | Eugene Oneguin
Jean Teitgen | Prince Gremin
Delphine Haidan | Filippyevna
Yuri Kissin | The captain / Zaretski
Marcel Beekman | Triquet
Stanislas Siwiorek | Guillot 

Orchestre National de France
Chœur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux | direction Salvatore Caputo

Cécile Fargues, Justine Lebas, Ilario Santoro, Stanislas Siwiorek

Vannina Santoni is expecting a happy event and will not be able to take up the challenge of the role of Tatiana. She will be replaced by the Russian soprano Gelena Gaskarova.

Opera sung in russian, with French and English subtitles


The work of the poet Pushkin was one of the most important sources of inspiration for Russian musicians in the second half of the 19th century. Tchaikovsky used his verse poem Eugene Onegin to compose an intimate and nostalgic work about the passing of time, lost love and betrayed friendship. Tchaikovsky's genius as a melodist and orchestrator magnifies the full range of feelings that animate three young people caught up in the throes of first love, doubts, nostalgia for a past that is gone forever and missed opportunities. Three romantic heroes with a solitary and thwarted destiny are torn apart: Tatiana, a romantic young girl in search of the absolute, Onegin, a dandy hiding an inner emptiness under an affected disdain, and Lensky, a poet whose literary ideal is leading him astray. Between these three, passions and disillusionment play out. Wounded hearts and broken friendships will give way to regrets, but all too late. Pushkin had his eponymous hero say "And happiness was so close". That says it all.

This unfortunate trio will be performed by Gelena Gaskarova (Tatiana), Jean-Sébastien Bou (Onegin) and Jean-François Borras (Lensky). A special mention to the presence of the too rare Mireille Delunsch as Lady Larina. To stage this intimate drama, the talent of Stéphane Braunschweig, who captivated us a few years ago with his Don Giovanni and who has just been reappointed as director of the Théâtre de l'Odéon, will be on hand. A feminine wind of freshness should blow over the musicians of the National with the first Parisian pit for the young American conductor Karina Canellakis.

COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Opéra national de Bordeaux
France Musique broadcasts this opera on Saturday December 25 at 8 p.m. 
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Avec le soutien de Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mécène principale des opéras mis en scène au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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