30 January 2015 at 5.24pm | 2 Comments
‘Eugene Onegin is one of the treasures of Russia,’ says Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova of a work taught in schools across her vast native country, ‘but we only truly begin to understand it when we grow up’.
‘The character of Tatiana means a lot to me. It’s a very interesting role for a ballerina to play, especially for me as a Russian. While I’ve been preparing for the role, I’ve constantly referred to the book. Every rehearsal makes me rethink and improve my character.’
Onegin tells the story of a bookish country girl who falls in love with a mysterious stranger, Eugene Onegin. Her heart is broken however, when he coldly rejects her. They meet again years later in a ballroom in St. Petersburg, their lives irreversibly changed through jealousy and regret.
‘There are fabulous duets,’ says Natalia of John Cranko’s energetic and emotive choreography. ‘They’re so unbelievably sensuous, so unbelievably beautiful and merely rehearsing them brings great pleasure. It’s a dream for any ballerina.’
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The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Simon and Virginia Robertson, David Hancock, Lady Jarvis, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Sir Roger and Lady Carr, The Artists' Circle and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.