Teatro alla Scala Ballet: Onegin, based on the poem by Aleksandr Puškin
Written by: Culture
Category: Mozartiana

A bored young aristocrat, as a joke, spurns the maiden he later recognises as the true love of his life; but by then it is too late. After an absence of five years, John Cranko’s Onegin, a perfect example of modern “drama in dance”, returns to La Scala. Inspired by the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin and reinterpreted with mastery and sensitivity by John Cranko, this great tale of ill-fated love is narrated through pas de deux with extraordinary expressive power, precision-sculpted characters and a splendid showcase of company numbers. The score of the ballet, orchestrated by Cranko’s trusted collaborator Kurt-Heinz Stolze, is entirely based on Tchaikovsky’s music, but contains not a single note from his opera Eugene Onegin. The arrangement and the orchestration of the pieces were conceived in relation to their dramatic expressiveness, in line with the conception of the ballet as a complete theatrical performance, where the ability to reinvent a written story and narrate it purely in dance terms reveals the wonderful freedom in Cranko’s dramatic and choreographic development.  

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Teatro alla Scala, Milan

From 23 September to 18 October 2017


Ballet in three acts

by John Cranko

based on the poem by Aleksandr Puškin


Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra

Teatro alla Scala Production


Music Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij

Musical elaboration Kurt-Heinz Stolze

Conductor Felix Korobov

Scenes Pier Luigi Samaritani

Costumes Pier Luigi Samaritani e Roberta Guidi di Bagno

Light    Steen Bjarke

Revived by Agneta Valcu e Victor Valcu

Choreography supervision Reid Anderson

Copyrights owner Dieter Graefe

With Roberto Bolle (23, 26, 28 Sept.; 12, 18 Oct.)