Onegin, Eugene

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(Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin). Bar. A friend of Lensky, he is brought to the Larin house and there meets the two daughters, Lensky's fiancée Olga and her elder sister Tatyana, who quickly falls in love with him. She writes a letter to him, confessing her feelings. When they next meet, he rejects her love, pointing out that he can regard her only in a brotherly way. Bored at her birthday party, he flirts with her sister Olga, thus making Lensky jealous and Lensky challenges him to a duel. They meet at dawn, each realizing that the joke has gone too far, neither wanting to proceed, but both, for the sake of honour, feeling the duel must take place. To his horror, Onegin kills Lensky and rapidly leaves the area. Some two years later he is invited to a party at Prince Gremin's palace and recognizes Gremin's wife as Tatyana. He realizes he is in love with her. He contrives to see her alone and she sends for him the next day. He declares his love, but she points out that she is now married and must remain loyal to her husband, while admitting that she still loves Onegin. She bids him farewell and he collapses in despair. Aria: Uvï, somnen'ya net (‘Alas, there is no doubt’). Created (1879) by Sergey Vasilyevich Gilev.

Subjects: Opera.

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