Tatyana Natalya Romaniw
Olga Jurgita Adamonytė
Madame Larina Louise Winter
Filippyevna Kathleen Wilkinson
Peasant leader Adam Temple-Smith
Vladimir Lensky Oleksiy Palchykov
Eugene Onegin Roderick Williams
A captain Martin Häßler
Monsieur Triquet Mark Wilde
Zaretsky Andrew Tipple
Guillot Adam Torrance
Prince Gremin Brindley Sherratt
Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director Michael Boyd
Designer Tom Piper
Garsington Opera Orchestra and Chorus
An estate in the country, late summer
Madame Larina and the old nursemaid, Filippyevna, remember their youth while the peasants on the estate are hard at work bringing in the harvest. Tatyana, the widowed Madame Larina's eldest daughter, spends her time reading and dreaming, while her younger sister, Olga, plans to marry the poet Vladimir Lensky, their nearest neighbour. Lensky comes to visit, bringing with him his friend, Eugene Onegin. Tatyana is convinced that he is the man of her dreams.
Tatyana stays awake throughout the night, writing a love letter to Onegin. When morning comes she persuades Filippyevna to deliver it.
A corner of the Larin estate
Onegin returns Tatyana's letter, telling her that he is unable to respond to such an impetuous outpouring of emotion: love and marriage are not for him.
The Larin home, winter
It is Tatyana's nameday and friends and neighbours have gathered to celebrate. A Frenchman, Monsieur Triquet, sings an ode to Tatyana. Angered at being dragged to the party by Lensky and maddened by the guests' assumption, coupling him with Tatyana, Onegin dances all night with Olga. Lensky is furiously jealous and, losing his temper, challenges his friend to a duel.
A lonely spot, early morning, three days later
Zaretsky, Lensky's second in the duel, complains that their opponent is late. Lensky meditates on his love for Olga and the prospect of death. Onegin arrives and, although both he and Lensky are full of remorse and regret, they are unable to reach a reconciliation to avoid the duel. Lensky is killed.
A ballroom in St Petersburg, six years later
Onegin has been travelling abroad since the duel. On his return to St Petersburg he attends a grand ball and encounters Prince Gremin, who introduces his young wife, Tatyana. Onegin falls hopelessly in love with her.
A room in Prince Gremin's place, some time later
Tatyana reads a love letter from Onegin, which has stirred up the memories of everything that has gone before. When Onegin implores her to respond to his passion Tatyana admits that she still loves him. But it is too late: she is now married and must honour the promises she has made to her husband. Onegin despairs.