|Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky|
|Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky, and Konstantin Shilovsky. After Pushkin's poem.|
|29 March 1879, Moscow (Maly Theatre)|
|Eugene Onegin Synopsis|
|Eugene Onegin Libretto|
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Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, (Russian: Yevgény Onégin) is an opera ("lyrical scenes") in 3 acts (7 scenes), by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto was written by Konstantin Shilovsky and the composer and his brother Modest, and is based on the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin.
Eugene Onegin is a well-known example of lyric opera; the libretto very closely follows Pushkin's original, retaining much of his poetry, to which Tchaikovsky adds music of a dramatic nature. The story concerns a selfish hero who lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman's love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend.
The opera was first performed in Moscow in 1879. There are several recordings of it, and it is regularly performed. The work's title refers to the protagonist.
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