The plot of the opera takes place in Russia in the 1820s, on the
Larin country estate and in St. Petersburg.
Scene 1: The mother and the nurse are making jam outside the
Larin country house, while Tatyana and Olga are singing a song
about yearning for happiness. Harvesters arrive and greet their
mistress. The Larins' neighbour, Lensky, Olga's fiancé arrives and
introduces his friend Onegin to the ladies. Lensky indulges in a
talk of love with Olga, while Onegin entertains the silent
Scene 2: Tatyana interrogates her nurse about love. Left alone
she is overwhelmed with the emotions she feels towards Onegin,
seeing him as the hero of her dreams and romantic readings. She
writes a letter confessing her feelings, and asks her nurse to send
it to Onegin.
Scene 3: The girls pick raspberry in the garden of the Larin
house. Tatyana anxiously looks forward to Onegin's arrival, but the
man politely rejects her.
Scene 1: The nobles of the neighbourhood gather for a joyful
birthday ball in the Larin house. Triquet, a Frenchman sings some
songs in honour of Tatyana. The bored Onegin wants to annoy Lensky,
and keeps dancing with Olga. Lensky challenges him to a
Scene 2: At dawn next day Lensky, with a heavy heart, is
preparing for death while waiting for his friend. Onegin kills
Lensky at the duel.
Scene 1: Some years later, Onegin sees Tatyana again as a
celebrated society lady in a grand ball in St. Petersburg. She had
married Prince Gremin, and the elderly prince talks to Onegin about
her emotionally. Onegin realizes that he is in love with
Scene 2: Onegin bombards Tatyana with love letters, and he
passionately confesses his sentiments in her room. Tatyana still
loves him, but chooses to remain faithful to Gremin, and rejects