Lensky, Vladimir

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(Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin). Ten. A neighbour of the Larin family, he comes to visit them accompanied by his friend Eugene Onegin. Lensky admits he is in love with the younger Larin daughter, Olga. At Tatyana's birthday party, Onegin flirts with Olga and, angry, Lensky challenges him to a duel. Both men realize that things have gone too far—a duel is out of all proportion to the ‘crime’, but honour prevents them admitting this. Waiting for Onegin to arrive at the chosen site, Lensky sings his farewell to Olga. To Onegin's horror, Lensky is killed in the duel. Aria: Kuda, kuda vï udalilis (‘Whither, ah whither are ye fled’). Created (1879) by Mikhail Ivanovich Medvyedev (Bernstein).

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