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Opera Guide: Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin is the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s operas. The opera was entitled ‘Lyrical Scenes after Pushkin’ by the composer, and the work takes as its basis the poem by the great Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. Its story of the unrequited love of Tatyana for the world-weary Onegin has exerted an irresistible hold over audiences for more than a hundred years. With its combination of intimate private moments and sumptuous public scenes, the opera is one of the most fully achieved ever written.

In this guide, Caryl Emerson outlines the transition from novel to opera, Roland John Riley provides a commentary on the musical language Tchaikovsky uses and Natalia Challis considers the special role that dreams and inspiration play in the work. Marina Frolova-Walker examines the very special appeal of the opera and John Allison gives a survey of important productions from around the world.

The guide also contains a literal English translation, 29 illustrations, a musical thematic guide, discography, bibliography and DVD and website guides.

Composer: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Opera: Eugene Onegin 
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 229
Size: 13x19.5x1.5 cm