Eugene Onegin was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto, organised by the composer and Konstantin Shilovsky, very closely follows certain passages in Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse, retaining much of his poetry.
Eugene Onegin is a well-known example of lyric opera, to which Tchaikovsky added music of a dramatic nature. The story concerns a selfish hero who lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman's love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend.
The opera was first performed in Moscow in 1879.
Eugene Onegin – Thomas Allen
Tatiana – Mirella Freni
Olga – Anne Sofie von Otter
Lenski – Neil Shicoff
1988 DG recording
James Levine conductor