1 Act On the estate of the Larins in the Russian province is harvest time. The widowed landowner and the old nurse chat during the cooking of berries over the past over disappointed hopes in life and the habit as a replacement for default happiness. Of the two daughters of the House, the lively, carefree Olga is done to all Daseinsfreuden, the quiet, shy Tatyana, however, sunk in books, lost in daydreams. Here comes visit: Olga's fiance, the effusive young poet Lenski, leads his friend and estate neighbors Onegin, a sovereign people and free-spirited. While Lenski with his protestations of love sheer beset the fun-loving Olga, the elegance and superiority Onegin on the shy Tatiana make deep impression. The hero of her novels, the projection of their dreams and fantasies seems to stand in front of her. In her room, Tatyana finds no peace at night. Discussions do not distract them with the nurse. So, she decides to a letter to the man who unexpectedly came into their lives. Only scary, then always casual she reveals her insides, relies on their emotional world of Onegin. When it comes to an encounter, Onegin condescending reply Tatyana must disappoint, so humble. Probably also he feels sympathy for them, but also he distrust the duration of feelings, was not created for the marriage. Injured Tatyana withdraws, while the girl at the harvest of berries in the garden teasingly sing of the happiness.
2 Act Months it became later, winter. A Hausball to Akash's day brings variety to the monotonous everyday life for the packed neighborhood. Also Onegin has made the visit to persuade friend Lensky. But soon his extravagant lifestyle of gossip which other guests practice vexes him so much that he's playing a prank a friend. He repeatedly dances with Olga, making the Court of her striking, and it is flirtatious on the game. The jealous Lenski device in violent anger. Before the society, he draws outraged accountable Onegin and finally called the supposed rival to a duel. On a cold morning, Lenski expected his opponent. Full Todesahnungen, he bids farewell to his life and the beloved Olga in thought. As is also Onegin to the point the futility of their project, at the same time the value of their friendship is clearly both. But the redeeming Word manages any. When Lenski is mortally hit, Onegin understands the horrific events.
3 Act Some years have passed. Onegin is moved away from his estate. But long, wide travel allow the wanton loss of his friend not degenerate him, do not release him from the gloom, give no meaning to his life. Hardly returned, it takes the restless in Petersburg at a feast in the House of Gremin, where he feels lonely again. Because he believes in the host to recognize the almost forgotten Tatyana. And really, it has now become the wife of the earned General and respected Princes. As Gremin tells the stunned Onegin his late marital happiness with Tatyana, he recognizes his former misconduct. An unknown upheaval affects the superior dandy. In a stormy letter, Onegin Tatjana has asked for a debate. His unsuspected appearance at the ball has disrupted also painstakingly gained peace of mind. Together, they lament the missed happiness now. As Onegin, she more and more afflicted to abandon her marriage and to follow him, she admits her unabated love - and at the same time is committed to its connection with Gremin. Only retarded, desperate Onegin on the meaning of his unfulfilled life.