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“Onegin”, John Cranko's masterpiece returns to La Scala with Roberto Bolle and Nicoletta Manni
The exciting ballet inspired by Alexander Pushkin's novel is staged at Piermarini as a tribute to the famous choreographer on the 50th anniversary of his death
Organized by: Teatro alla Scala Foundation

Teatro alla Scala Foundation Presents

“ Season 2022 – 23 | Ballet”
The 2022/23 Ballet Season of Teatro alla Scala closes with Onegin, the masterpiece of John Cranko who returns to the scene from 5 to 25 November 2023  as a tribute and homage to the great choreographer 50 years after his premature death.

There are nine performances on the bill, with the initial four performances (5, 8, 15, 17 November) featuring Roberto Bolle in one of his most acclaimed roles, played five times since 2010. Alongside him a new partner, Nicoletta Manni, who shares for the first time with the étoile this exciting ballet, a modern "dance drama" inspired by the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin.

In subsequent performances, returning to play the main roles of 'Onegin' and Tat'jana, they will be protagonists Timofej Andrijashenko is Martina Arduino (November 18th and 21st), Marco Agostino is Vittoria Valerio (19 and 25 November), Gabriel Corrado is Alice Mariani (November 23).

Nine performances with interpreters to follow, due to the interpretative density to which the protagonists are called. Onegin in fact, a great unhappy love story, it shows Cranko's ability to reinvent a written story and narrate it in pure dance terms, for example in the love game between the four young protagonists of the first act (Tat'jana, Ol' ga, Lensky and Onegin) and of the three adult protagonists in the second act (Tatyana, her husband Prince Gremin and Onegin).

Ballet in three acts and six scenes, Onegin offers the protagonists pas de deux of extraordinary expressive intensity, as in the letter scene of the first act in which Tatyana dreams of her great love for Onegin reciprocated with identical passion, as well as the duel and death of Lensky and the pas de deux final between Tatiana and Onegin, full of ambiguity and unexpressed feelings; a series of ensemble dances - the festive ones of the peasants, the bourgeois ones of the provincial lords and the grand aristocratic dance of the third act - instead enhance the entire dance troupe.

On the podium of theOrchestra of the Teatro alla Scala the specialist goes up  Simon Hewett, principal director of the Hamburg Ballet, in his first collaboration with the Scaligero ballet; the staging in the repertoire at La Scala bears the signatures of Pier Luigi Samaritani (scenes and costumes), Roberta Guidi di Bagno (costumes) and of Steen Bjarke (lights).

(Photocredit © Brescia and Amisano / Teatro alla Scala)


The ballet

Onegin, a three-act and six-picture ballet by John Cranko, is inspired by the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin written between 1823 and 1830, which the choreographer transposed with mastery and sensitivity. Performed for the first time in Stuttgart in 1965, in its definitive version in 1967 and in New York in 1969, the work was presented for the first time at La Scala in 1993.

A young aristocrat bored with life lets slip, for fun, what he will recognize too late as true, great love: a great unhappy love story narrated with pas de deux of extraordinary expressive power, characters sculpted with precision and a splendid gallery of ensemble dances.

The score is based entirely on music by Tchaikovsky without, however, even a single note taken from his work Yevgeny Onegin. With the processing of Kurt Heinz Stolze, Cranko's trusted collaborator, the choice was to orchestrate some pieces for piano, some of which were taken from the cycle of Seasons, and extrapolate some moments from symphonic poems such as Francesca from Rimini is Romeo and Juliet as well as from the work The Tantrums of Oksana or Vakula the Blacksmith – better known by its title The ankle boots. The assembly and orchestration of the various pieces were conceived in relation to the dramatic expressiveness of each piece, linking to the concept of making this ballet a complete theatrical show.
“Onegin”, John Cranko's masterpiece returns to La Scala with Roberto Bolle and Nicoletta Manni


Director Simon Hewett
Scenes Pier Luigi Samaritani
Costumes Pier Luigi Samaritani
is Roberta Guidi from Bagno
Lights Steen Bjarke
Choreographic supervision Reid Anderson

Étoile (5, 8, 15, 17 Nov.) Roberto Bolle

Performers of the 'premiere'
Onegin Roberto Bolle
Lensky Nicholas Del Freo
The widow Larina Francesca Podini
Tatyana Nicoletta Manni
The nurse Serena Sarnataro
Olga Martina Arduino
Prince Gremin Gabriel Corrado

Corps de Ballet and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala production


of John Cranko

Ballet in three acts
inspired by the poem by Alexander Pushkin

Music by Pëtr Il'ič Tchaikovsky
Arrangement and orchestration by Kurt Heinz Stolze


5 November 2023 at 8pm 'before'
replies 8, 15, 17, 18, 19 (2.30pm), 21, 23 and 25 November 2023 at 8pm

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