Eugene Onegin tells the story of a love quadrangle gone wrong. Act I takes place on a country estate, with two very different sisters. Olga is happy, light-hearted, and in love with the boy next door, Lenski, whom her family always expected her to marry. Tatyana is sullen, morose, and finds herself desperately and tragically in love with Lenski's friend Eugene Onegin, who rejects her love when she confesses it in a secret letter. Bored and resentful, he decides to flirt with Olga at the ball, and she returns the flirtation in a playful way to make Lenski jealous. He doesn't take it well, and challenges his former best friend to a duel (the dumbest manifestation of the male ego, have we learned nothing from Hamilton?!). This is not a happily-ever-after kind of opera, and things do not end well for our love quadrangle, in fact things end in gorgeous tragedy and misery for all.
|Onegin (Eric Smedsrud) rejects Tatyana (Elena Stabile)|
(photo by Matt Bellin)
|happy in love (for the moment) are Lenski (Benjamin Dutcher)|
and Olga (Melanie Ashkar, photo by Matt Bellin)