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  • Lensky sang this famous Russian aria before his fatal duel against his good friend, Yevgény Onégin or Eugene Onegin, the namesake of the opera. Tchaikovsky composed the music and some of the libretto based on a novel by Alexander Pushkin - the undisputed master of Russian poetry. The novel is a classic in Russian literature, and the opera one of the most popular in Russia. It has been made into several movies, the most recent one starring Liv Tyler. 

    • To listen to Lensky's aria , from Act II of Eugene Onegin ("Kuda, kuda vï udalilis" Куда, куда вы удалились, весны моей златые дни),
    • To link to videos of the opera and movie,
    • To learn the background of Eugene Onegin the opera,
    • To learn about Eugene Onegin the novel by Alexander Pushkin,
    • To link to the music score, synopsis, novel study guide. 
  Dishes  - Lensky's Aria, Opera, Movie
  • Dish 1 : Lensky's Aria from Eugene Onegin - by 16 tenors |

  • This is a playlist of 21 videos, of Lensky's aria, performed by 16 different tenors. Total is 2 hours 21 minutes. Sung in Russian, German, Swedish, and Italian. From Act II of Eugene Onegin or Yevgény Onégin, an opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Based on a novel in verse written by Alexander Pushkin.

    Where, oh where have you gone,
    golden days of my youth?
    What does the coming day hold for me?
    My gaze searches in vain;
    all is shrouded in darkness!
    No matter: Fate's law is just.
    Should I fall, pierced by the arrow,
    or should it fly wide,
    'tis all one; both sleeping and waking
    have their appointed hour.
    Blessed is the day of care,
    blessed, too, the coming of darkness!

  • Gedda´s masterpiece in this film version...
  Chops  - Backround, Scores, Guides
  • Chop 1 : Risk and Regret: Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin' |

  • An introduction to the Opera. From The Vienna State Opera.

    There are plenty of ways to take intentional risks in life. You might take up skydiving, bungee jumping or freestyle rock climbing — a few of the many activities that risk-averse individuals tend to avoid.

    But even those who seldom take physical risks will often take a chance that may be even more intimidating — making what might be called a "romantic plunge." That happens when you fall so hard for someone that you simply spill it, telling your new heartthrob exactly how you feel without knowing if those feelings are mutual.

  • Tchaikovsky felt the story of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin so deeply that it led him into a doomed marriage — and to write what may be the most popular Russian opera of all time.
  • Chop 2 : Eugene Onegin (opera) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia |

  • Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, (Russian: Евгений Онегин, Yevgény Onégin) is an opera ("lyrical scenes") in 3 acts (7 scenes), composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto, organised by the composer and Konstantin Shilovsky, very closely follows certain passages in Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse, retaining much of his poetry. ...

    Eugene Onegin is a well-known example of lyric opera, to which Tchaikovsky added 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. 

  • Chop 3 : Eugene Onegin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia |

  • Eugene Onegin (Russian: Евге́ний Оне́гин, BGN/PCGN: Yevgeniy Onegin) is a novel in versewritten by Alexander Pushkin.

    It is a classic of Russian literature, and its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of Russian literary heroes (so-called superfluous men). The currently accepted version is based on the 1837 publication.

    Almost the entire work is made up of 389 stanzas of iambic tetrameter with the unusual rhyme scheme "AbAbCCddEffEgg", where the uppercase letters represent feminine rhymes while the lowercase letters represent masculine rhymes. This form has come to be known as the "Onegin stanza" or the "Pushkin sonnet."

    The rhythm, innovative rhyme scheme, the natural tone and diction, and the economical transparency of presentation all demonstrate the virtuosity which has been instrumental in proclaiming Pushkin as the undisputed master of Russian poetry.

  • Chop 6 : Yevgeny Onegin - Tchaikovsky Research |

  • Yevgeny Onegin (Евгений Онегин), also known as Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (TH 5 ; ČW 5), was Tchaikovsky's fifth completed opera, which he described as 'lyrical scenes in 3 acts and 7 tableax'. It was written and orchestrated between May 1877 and January 1878, with revisions in March 1879, October 1880, August 1885, and June-July 1891.


    • 1 Instrumentation
    • 2 Movements and Duration
    • 3 Libretto
      • 3.1 Synopsis
    • 4 Composition
    • 5 Arrangements
    • 6 Performances
    • 7 Critical Reception
    • 8 Publication
    • 9 Autographs
    • 10 Recordings
    • 11 Related Works
    • 12 Notes and References
  • The Tchaikovsky Research web-site was launched in February 2006, with the aim of making information about the life and works of Russia's greatest composer more widely accessible.

  • Chop 8 : Aria Database - Search the Database |

  • Kuda, kuda vï udalilis (Lensky's Aria) - from Act II, Scene 2 of the Russian opera Eugene Onegin by Peter Illyich TchaikovskyLibretto: Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky

    Role: Lensky, fiance of Olga and friend of Onegin
    Voice Part: tenor       Fach: lyric tenor
    Setting: a stream near a mill at dawn, St. Petersburg, Russia, late 1700s
    Synopsis: The night before, Lensky challenged Onegin to a duel in response to Onegin's advances on Lensky's fiancee, Olga. Now, on the morning of the duel, Lensky looks back on his happy youth as he waits for Onegin to arrive. He realizes that he will probably die in the duel and that he does not particularly care if he does. The only great loss in his death would be that he would never see Olga again.

  • Lyrics, translation, MIDI, link to commercial scores.

  References and More

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