This ‘pocket opera’ distils the essence of Tchaikovsky’s opera into an intimate, captivating performance of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Director Kai Anne Schuhmacher places the decisive moments in the lives of Tatiana and Olga under the magnifying glass, showing how a single decision in your youth can have dramatic consequences for the rest of your life. Eugene Onegin is a moving, in-depth psychological drama full of emotional conflicts and with lyrical, passionate music. The most well-known aria is the Letter scene, in which Tatiana writes a desperate love letter to Onegin.
This production centres around the destiny of Tatiana. We see the story through the eyes of the older Tatiana, who looks back at her life and re-examines her decisions. In her old age she is alone, without a man, and only has her sister Olga. In her youth Olga was Tatiana’s cheerful opposite, but now – in contrast to Tatiana – she is a bitter and broken woman. Tatiana is able to look back with peace and acceptance at each of the doors that opened for her because she stands behind the decisions she made, even though as a young woman she was not yet aware of where the paths she took would lead her.
The artistic team for this production is made up of the winners of the 2018 Reisopera Concept Challenge. This was a Nederlandse Reisopera design competition for young theatre-makers in the field of opera.
Kai Anne Schuhmacher
Annelies Lamm, Anna Emelianova, Leonie van Rheden, Ingrid van Ree, Vincenzo Neri, Yaroslav Abaimov, Rafał Pawnuk