Soprano, 2 Mezzo-sopranos [1=Alto], Alto, 2 Tenors, Baritone, 3 Basses
LÁRINA, 56 years old, Widow and landowner: Mezzo-Soprano
TATIÁNA, 17 years old, daughter of Lárina: Soprano
OLGA, 18 years old, daughter of Lárina: Contralto
FILÍPYEVNA, 70 years old, their nurse: Mezzo-Soprano
ONEGIN, 22 years old, visitor from St. Petersburg: Baritone
LENSKY, 19 years old, Poet, in love with Olga: Tenor
PRINCE GREMIN, 45 years old, General, Tatiana's husband: Bass
ZARÉTSKY, Lensky's second in the duel: Bass
TRIQUET, Frenchman, guest at Lárina's party: Tenor
LEADER OF THE PEASANTS' CHORUS: Tenor
GUILLOT, Onegin's valet and his second in the duel: Mute role
Peasants, Guests, Servants, Officers, etc.
*In this English version, the role of the Captain is combined with that of Zaretsky
The opera is set in St Petersburg at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The naive Tatiana falls in love with Eugene Onégin, but he condescendingly rejects her declarations of love. After killing his best friend Lensky in a dual, Onégin goes abroad and when he returns, the tables have turned. Tatiana is now the beautiful and sophisticated wife of Prince Gremin. Onégin now realises that he loves her and asks her to run away with him. For a moment she wavers, but quickly resumes a calculated coolness, declaring that she must fulfill her duty to her husband and sends Onégin away forever.