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Eugene Onegin

2020 / 2021                 Большой зал                          VIІІ сезон

27 февраля * суббота * 18:00

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

(dedicated to the 180th birthday)


Eugene Onegin

Opera (lyrical scenes) in 3 actsand a Prologue


Eugene Onegin

Opera (lyrical scenes) in 3 acts and a Prologue




Conductor: Alan Buribayev, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan, Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Director, Set Designer: Davide Livermore

Set Designer: Francesco Calcagnini

Costume Designers: Sofya Tasmagambetova, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan / Pavel Dragunov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Chorus Master: Yerzhan Dautov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Choreographer: Elena Sherstneva

Lighting Designer: Vincenzo Raponi

Opera Company Director: Azamat Zheltyrguzov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Assistant Directors: Yerenbak Toikenov / Giancarlo Judica Cordiglia / Anja Rudak

Assistant Costume Designer: Natalia Fedorova

Technical Project Manager: Victor Carare

Video Projection: D-WOK Srl



In May 1877, the opera singer Yelizaveta Lavrovskaya advised Tchaikovsky to create an opera based on the plot of Pushkin's novel in verse Eugene Onegin. At first this idea seemed wild to the composer, according to his memoirs. However, soon enough, he was growing excited about the suggestion and created the scenario in one night before starting the composition of the music. Tchaikovsky admired Pushkin.

He wrote the libretto in collaboration with Konstantin Shilovsky (1849-1893). Tchaikovsky used original verses from Pushkin’s novel – the “encyclopedia of Russian life” – as Vissarion Belinsky called it, and chose scenes that involved the emotional world and fortunes of his heroes, having modestly titled the opera “lyrical scenes”. Therefore, he decided to entrust the first performance to the youth - the students of the Moscow Conservatory. On 17 (29) March 1879, the premiere of Eugene Onegin took place. Soon, the opera was staged at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (1881) and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (1884), it was a great success and became one of the most popular works.

Today, the most famous opera houses and singers include this opera in their repertoires. The lead roles were brilliantly performed by opera stars such as Renata Tebaldi, Galina Vishnevskaya, Roza Jamanova and Anna Netrebko (Tatyana); Pavel Lisitsian, Muslim Magomayev, Yermek Serkebayev and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Onegin); Vladimir Atlantov, Ivan Kozlovsky, Sergei Lemeshev, Zurab Sotkilava, Alibek Dnishev (Lensky) and others.




Eugene Onegin –        Talgat MUSSABAYEV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Tatyana –                      Aigul NIYAZOVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Vladimir Lensky–       Zhan TAPIN, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Olga –                           Dina KHAMZINA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Larina –                         Gulzhanat SAPAKOVA


Prince Gremin –            Yevgeniy CHAINIKOV


Nurse –                         Saltanat MURATBEKOVA


Triquet –                       Beimbet TANARYKOV


Zaretsky –                     Yerzhan SAIPOV


Company Commander – Shyngys RASYLKHAN



Old Tatiana: Mansiya YESTEKOVA

Tatyana’s soul: Anel ABDULLINA

Olga’s soul: Ulmeken BEKTAYEVA







Running time: 3 hours 10 minutes (including two intervals)