Eugene Onegin is an opera composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto, organised by the composer himself, 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.
Eugene Onegin – Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Tatyana – Nuccia Focile
Olga – Olga Borodina
Lensky – Neil Shicoff
Prince Gremin – Alexander Anisimov
St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Orchestra of Paris
Semyon Bychkov – conductor
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