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Following their critically-acclaimed and hugely popular five-week run in London last year, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose tour the UK with their new English Version of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Eugene Onegin, arriving at the New Wolsey Theatre on Friday 19 October.
With a narrative that is both romantic and thought-provoking, the central character is the fiercely intelligent but naïve Tatyana, whose entanglement with Onegin results in a wiser, sadder but ultimately self-reliant heroine.
This new chamber version transposes the story of Tatyana’s sexual awakening to the early 1960s, a world on the cusp of the women’s liberation movement when new thinking fought against the old ways. Infatuation and self-restraint do battle in a well-tailored world of sleek suits and full skirts, with seasonal allusions to the snow-swept Russian landscape of the original.
Performed by ten singers and four instrumentalists in a new orchestration for piano, cello, violin and woodwind; this coming-of-age story is a requiem for lost innocence and a triumphant celebration of hard-won independence – told through some of the most glorious music ever written.
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