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Greta Hodgkinson & Guillaume Côté in Onegin

Sian Richards

Greta Hodgkinson & Guillaume Côté in Onegin

Aleksandar Antonijevic

Guillaume Côté in Onegin

Karolina Kuras

Xiao Nan Yu in Onegin

Aleksandar Antonijevic

NAC Presentation

An arrogant young aristocrat carelessly rebuffs a passionate young landowner’s daughter, and sets in motion the compelling melodrama of Onegin. Based on Pushkin’s epic poem and the hugely popular opera by Tchaikovsky, this enduring love story is brought to vivid life by the exquisite virtuosity of the dancers and the superb narrative choreography of the legendary John Cranko.

Cavalier flirtations, petty jealousies and a violent duel play out against the romantic splendor of Imperial Russia in this much anticipated revival that has garnered unanimous acclaim and instantaneous standing ovations. Onegin is a delightful discovery for all classical ballet lovers!

A sparkling return for Onegin, the National Ballet’s crown jewelThe Globe and Mail, Paula Citron

Onegin an opulent, melodramatic delight: review, Toronto Star, Michael Crabb

Visit The National Ballet of Canada's Onegin Virtual Museum

The performances of The National Ballet of Canada at the National Arts Centre are made possible with support from Jerry and Joan Lozinski

“Onegin is awash in both beauty and poignancy.”
Paula Citron, Globe and Mail

Conductor: David Briskin 
Choreography: John Cranko  
Staged by: Reid Anderson  
Based on the poem by: Alexander Pushkin 
Copyright: Dieter Graefe 
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Arrangements: Kurt-Heinz Stolze 
Set and Costume Design: Santo Loquasto 
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls 

World Premiere: Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart (Germany), April 13, 1965

The National Ballet of Canada premiere: June 14, 1984

This production entered the repertoire on June 19, 2010

Running Time 
ACT I – 40 minutes
INTERMISSION – 20 minutes
ACT II  – 30 minutes
INTERMISSION – 20 minutes
ACT III  – 30 minutes

Principal Casting

Eugene Onegin
McGee Maddox (Jan 19 & 21)
Piotr Stanczyk (Jan 20)

Xiao Nan Yu (Jan 19 & 21)
Greta Hodgkinson (Jan 20)

Jillian Vanstone (Jan 19)
Miyoko Koyasu (Jan 20)
Elena Lobsanova (Jan 21)

Harrison James (Jan 19)
Naoya Ebe (Jan 20)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (Jan 21)

Prince Gremin
Ben Rudisin (Jan 19)
Jonathan Renna (Jan 20)
Ben Rudisin (Jan 21)

Madame Larina
Stephanie Hutchison (Jan 19 & 21)
Lise-Marie Jourdain (Jan 20)

Lorna Geddes (Jan 19 & 21)
Rebekah Rimsay (Jan 20)