ONEGIN

Ballet in three acts after Alexander Puschkin

Choreography John Cranko. Composer Peter I. Tschaikowsky / Kurt-Heinz Stolze.

If any full-length ballet from the second half of the 20 th Century has a chance at becoming a classic à la Swan Lake then, according to audiences, critics and dancers, it is John Cranko's Onegin.


Created in 1965 and based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, the story of the young Tatjana, who falls in love with the arrogant dandy Onegin and who is cruelly rejected by him moved audiences worldwide from Beijing to New York. Onegin has been performed in Munich for over 40 years, and many of the greatest dancers – from Eva Evdokimova to Konstanze Vernon, Evelyn Hart, Lucia Lacarra and Polina Semionova – have given the role their own unique, unmistakable personality. Hardly any other narrative ballet allows so many possibilities for character development than in the role of Tatjana: During the two and a half hour performance, Tatjana transforms from a dreamy, naive teenager to a mature woman, who must, in a final, dramatic confrontation, finally decide between passion and duty. 

Onegin: Ensemble (Foto: © Wilfried Hösl)
Onegin: Jonah Cook (Lenski) (Foto: © Wilfried Hösl)
Onegin: Erik Murzagaliyev (Foto: © Wilfried Hösl)
Onegin: Ksenia Ryzhkova (Tatjana), Emilio Pavan (Onegin) (Foto: © Wilfried Hösl)
Onegin, Summerscales & Cook (Wilfried Hösl)
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales (Olga), Jonah Cook (Lenski) (Foto: © Wilfried Hösl)
Onegin. Spielvorhang (Foto: Charles Tandy)
Onegin: Spielvorhang (Foto: © Charles Tandy)
Onegin: Elvina Ibraimova als Olga
Onegin: Elvina Ibraimova (Olga) (Foto: © Sergei Gherciu)
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales als Tatjana
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales (Tatjana) (Foto: © Sergei Gherciu)
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales, Matteo Dilaghi
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales (Tatjana), Matteo Dilaghi (Gremin) (Foto: © Sergei Gherciu)
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales, Osiel Gouneo
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales (Tatjana), Osiel Gouneo (Onegin) (Foto: © Sergei Gherciu)
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales, Osiel Gouneo
Onegin: Laurretta Summerscales (Tatjana), Osiel Gouneo (Onegin) (Foto: © Sergei Gherciu)