Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera is based on Alexander Pushkin’s verse drama of the same name. It provided Tchaikovsky with an opportunity to present everyday and authentic experiences on the stage, in contrast to the epic narratives that characterized much European opera of the time. Eugene Onegin quickly became a firm favourite with Russian audiences. Within a decade of its 1879 premiere it had been performed over one hundred times in St Petersburg.
Continuing a long collaboration with the Royal Opera company, 59 Productions were invited to collaborate on this Covent Garden debut for artistic director Kasper Holten. Using mapped projection to augment and interact with designer Mia Stensgaard’s beautiful sets, the use of carefully placed video effects helped the production blur the line between dreams and reality in this exciting new interpretation of this classic Russian masterwork.