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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch lauded Prokina saying, “The way she eases into a high note is a wonder; the clarity of her tone is an absolute joy.”


The Buzz: Under the masterful direction of Johannes Schaaf (San Francisco Opera’s Kat’a Kabanova, The Barber of Seville and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Elena Prokina will be perfect as the wistful Tatyana.

The Spark: In 1877 Pushkin’s poetry inspired Tchaikovsky to write an opera about an arrogant man’s foolish mistake of rejecting a naive girl’s offer of love, only to realize that sometimes in life you only get one chance.

The Story: Lensky woos Olga while her sister, Tatyana, falls for the aloof Onegin. Tatyana writes an effusive letter expressing her devotion but Onegin coolly rebuffs her. Many years later Onegin reencounters Tatyana, now the wife of a prince, but their opportunity for love has irretrievably passed.

The Stage: Designer Peter Pabst and director Johannes Schaaf breathtakingly portray Tatyana’s melancholy world with stark birch forests juxtaposed with visions of the glittering society and closed world of nineteenth-century Russia.

The Score: Though Tchaikovsky became famous with his ballet favorites Nutcracker and Swan Lake, the seven lyric scenes of Eugene Onegin, filled with colorful music and sweeping arias, always remained closest to his heart.


A Captain Ricardo Herrera

Filipyevna Annett Andriesen

Madame Larina Susan Gorton

Monsieur Triquet John Duykers

Prince Gremin TBA

Eugene Onegin Russell Braun*

Tatyana Elena Prokina

Olga Allyson McHardy*

Lensky Piotr Beczala*


Conductor Ilan Volkov*

Director Johannes Schaaf

Production Designer Peter Pabst*

Lighting Designer Manfred Voss

Choreographer Bambi Uden*

Dramaturg Wolfgang Willaschek

Chorus Director Ian Robertson

  • San Francisco Opera debut

Cast, programs and schedules are subject to change

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours,45 minutes

Sung in Russian with English Supertitles

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Opera

A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953). Merola and his successor as general director, Kurt Herbert Adler, established a formidable institution heralded for its first-rate productions and roster of international opera stars. The landmark War Memorial Opera House has been the Company’s home since October 15, 1932.

After Adler’s tenure, the Company was led by Terence A. McEwen (1982–1988), Lotfi Mansouri (1988–2001), and Pamela Rosenberg (2001–2005). In January 2006 David Gockley became the Opera’s sixth general director after more than 30 years at the helm of Houston Grand Opera. That May, Gockley took opera to the center of the community with a free outdoor simulcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Subsequent simulcasts, including nine at AT&T Park, have collectively drawn nearly 200,000 opera fans. Created in 2007 the Koret-Taube Media Suite has enabled the Company to produce simulcasts and other projects including OperaVision (screens providing HD close-up shots for patrons in balcony seats), the Grand Opera Cinema Series in theaters and performing arts centers, an annual series of KQED telecasts and releases of DVDs and Blu-Rays of recent performances. Regular San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts returned to national and international airwaves in 2007.

Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti, one of the opera world’s most exciting conductors, has been music director since the fall of 2009.