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Music and Libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
THERE ARE NO SIMPLE LOVE STORIES
Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking music (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake) comes to the Minnesota Opera stage for the first time. Elegant ballroom dances, magnificent sets, and elaborate costumes bring the grandeur of 19th-century Russia to life. Brooding, disaffected Onegin coldly spurns the love of young, shy Tatyana, realizing his mistake too late. This sweeping epic captures the power of Pushkin’s masterpiece novel, illustrating the deadly inhumanity of social convention and the tragedy of love unfulfilled.
Perfect if you like War and Peace, La Traviata, or The Great Gatsby.
Sung in Russian with English translations projected above the stage.
Approximately three hours and three minutes with two intermissions.
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Young and shy Tatyana is love-struck by brooding bachelor, Onegin. After disaffection and heartbreak, a troubling battle occurs leaving Onegin to flee the scene, only to return years later in regret of not marrying Tatyana when he had the chance.