2021 Season: Eugene Onegin

"Michael Boyd’s staging brings out the emotional complexity of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera."
George Hall, The Stage

3, 5, 12, 18 June 2021
1, 5, 9, 16, 18, 23 July 2021
Start Time: 6pm
End Time: c.10.05pm - 10.15pm

Tatyana, a bookish country girl, yearns for more than the compromise and routine of provincial family life. Hoping she has met her true fate in Onegin, a brilliant and glamorous society bachelor visiting from Moscow, she pours out her love for him in an impulsive and passionate letter, setting off an inexorable and tragic chain of events.

Based on Alexander Pushkin’s great verse novel of the same name, Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera gives exquisite voice to the casualties of love, the victims in the battle between raw emotion and social convention. Tchaikovsky’s own pain, frustration and loss find expression here in some of his most haunting and beautiful music.

In this revival of Michael Boyd and Tom Piper’s acclaimed 2016 production, the title role is sung by Jonathan McGovern (title role, Don Giovanni, 2019) opposite Natalia Tanasii who makes her Garsington Opera debut as Tatyana. Douglas Boyd will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Eugene Onegin
Jonathan McGovern
Natalia Tanasii
Sam Furness
Fleur Barron
Matthew Rose
Yvonne Howard
Kathleen Wilkinson
Colin Judson
Ossian Huskinson
Jerome Knox
Guillot (silent)
Aaron Godfrey-Mayes
Douglas Boyd
Michael Boyd
Tom Piper
Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth
Acrobatic Choreography
Lina Johansson
Movement Director / Choreographer
Liz Ranken
Philharmonia Orchestra
Garsington Opera Chorus
Sung in Russian with English supertitles
June 2021
Thursday 3 June
Saturday 5 June
Saturday 12 June
Friday 18 June
July 2021
Thursday 1 July
Monday 5 July
Friday 9 July
Friday 16 July
Sunday 18 July
Friday 23 July
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Music for the Eyes - Eugene Onegin