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Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
1415 14th Ave. NW

Eugene Onegin

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Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky's epic Russian masterpiece. Tatyana is introduced to the dashing Onegin and immediately falls in love. He coldly rejects her. His choice to flirt with Olga, fiancée of his friend Lensky, results in a heart-stopping duel between the two. Years later, Onegin realizes he loves Tatyana, however it is too late. Escape into Tchaikovsky’s beautiful soaring arias and orchestral music.

Expect to see a new set design in this Calgary Opera production!

Eugene Onegin is performed in Russian with English supertitles.  There are two intermissions, with the performance ending at approximately 10:30 pm.

Thank you to BMO for being the Production Sponsor for Eugene Onegin 



Russia, 19th century. Autumn in the country. On the Larin estate. Madam Larina reflects upon the days before she married, when she was courted by her husband but loved another. She is now a widow with two daughters: Tatyana and Olga. While Tatyana spends her time reading novels, with whose heroines she closely identifies, Olga is being courted by their neighbor, the poet Lensky. He arrives unexpectedly, bringing with him a new visitor, Eugene Onegin, with whom Tatyana falls in love.

Tatyana asks her nurse Filippyevna to tell her of her first love and marriage. Tatyana stays up all night writing a passionate letter to Onegin and persuades Filippyevna to have her grandson deliver it in the morning.

Tatyana waits for Onegin’s response in the garden. He admits that he was touched by her declaration but explains that he cannot accept it and can only offer her friendship. He advises her to control her emotions, lest another man take advantage of her innocence.


January. The local community has been invited to the Larin estate to celebrate Tatyana’s name day. Onegin has reluctantly agreed to accompany Lensky to what he mistakenly believes will be an intimate family celebration. Annoyed to find himself trapped at an enormous party and bored by the occasion, Onegin takes his revenge on Lensky by flirting and dancing with Olga. Lensky’s jealousy is aroused to such a height that he challenges Onegin to a duel. The party breaks up.

Before the duel, Lensky meditates upon his poetry, upon his love for Olga, and upon death. Lensky’s second finds Onegin’s late arrival and his choice of a second insulting. Although both Lensky and Onegin are full of remorse, neither stops the duel. Lensky is killed.


Several years later, a rich nobleman in St Petersburg is St. Petersburg. Having travelled abroad for several years since the duel, Onegin has returned to the capital. At a ball, Prince Gremin introduces his young wife. Onegin is astonished to recognize her as Tatyana and to realize that he is in love with her.

Onegin has sent a letter to Tatyana. He arrives at the Gremin palace and begs her to run away with him. Tatyana admits that she still loves him, but that she has made her decision and will not leave her husband. Onegin is left desperate.

Source: English National Opera and Metropolitan Opera


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Travelling to Calgary to see Eugene Onegin?  Book hotel accommodations at a preferred rate at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, our hotel partner, starting at $149.00 per night.

Patrons can visit the custom online reservation tool, or contact the Fairmont Reservations Department by calling 403-262-1234 and ask for In-House Reservations. They can also email the In-House Reservations Department at and ask for the Calgary Opera Rate Offer, or refer to the reservation code CALG1018_004. The Calgary Opera rate will be guaranteed based on availability up until February 1, 2018


Eugene Onegin Quick Facts

· Premiered in 1879
· Based on Alexander Pushkin’s immortal verse poem
· An opera in 3 Acts, with 2 intermissions (approx. 3 hours long)
· Performed in Russian, with English surtitles
· Onegin is pronounced OH-NYAY-GUN
- Calgary Opera's production features a brand new set, designed by Scott Reid

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