Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose premier their new English version of Tchaikovsky's sweeping Eugene Onegin at the Arcola Theatre in East London, this November.
With a narrative that is both romantic and thought-provoking, the central character is the fiercely intelligent but naïve Tatyana, whose entanglement with Onegin results in a wiser, sadder but ultimately self-reliant heroine.
This new chamber version will transpose the story of Tatyana’s sexual awakening to the early 1960s, a world on the cusp of the women’s liberation movement when new thinking fought against the old ways. Infatuation and self-control do battle in well-tailored world of sleek suits, with seasonal allusions to the snow-swept Russian landscape of the original.
This is a coming-of-age story, a requiem for lost innocence and triumphant celebration of hard-won independence – told through some of the most glorious vocal music ever written.
Librettist: Robin Norton-Hale
Orchestrator: Alison Holford
Director: Lucy Bradley
Musical Director: Sonia Ben Santamaria
Designer: Rosanna Vise
Lighting Designer: Andrew May