Back to All Events

Tchaikovsky | Eugene Onegin - Deutsch Oper Berlin


  • Deutsche Oper Berlin 35 Bismarckstraße Berlin, Berlin, 10627 Germany (map)

Eugene Onegin, a verse novel very much in the Pushkin vein, corresponded closely to what he was looking for. The outer sequence of events seemed unspectacular, except for the duel, but the conflicts of the persons involved immediately touched hearts and in many respects reflected Tschaikovsky's own experiences. The full spectrum of emotions - melancholy, longing, passion and grief over a life wasted –influences a musical landscape enriched by stirring choruses and lively dances and enhanced by folkloristic elements.

In the Deutsche Oper Berlin production these scenes are some of the most colourful and charming moments in the entire opera. Tschaikovsky was especially fascinated by the character of Tatjana, who led him to write one of the most moving letter scenes in opera history. Each of the figures has his or her own charm: the cheerful Olga, the rapturous Lenski, the dignified Prince Gremin, whose role is all the more impressive for its briefness, and of course the hero of the opera, whose character develops significantly in the course of the story. The episodic structure of the opera does not follow traditional opera dramaturgy, but the composer had rejected this approach from the outset. The opera's structure is far more a precondition for the special atmosphere that permeates those »lyrical scenes«, as Tschaikovsky called his opera, far more a special characteristic of Slavic opera in general. For director Götz Friedrich, however, this opera of all operas is also remarkable in that » the Onegin scenes do not unfurl patriotic and historical images or employ national legends. Instead, scenic, musical sequences portray the complex, inner thought processes of distinctly unheroic individuals in their day-to-day social interactions… The ›lyrical scenes‹, beginning with Tatjana's motif of longing, conclude with Onegin's loneliness, his sense of perdition. Is he plunging into the void? Or will he find a new meaning to life?

Earlier Event: February 17
Gounod | Faust