Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Richard Troxell, Director

José Meléndez, Music Director and Pianist

Julia Zavadsky, Russian Diction Coach

Lisa Lovelace, choreographer 

This production is in honor of Ghenady Meirson 

February 19–26, 2022

Please read: We have made the difficult decision to postpone the January production of Eugene Onegin and cancel the February production of Mignon. The new Eugene Onegin dates will replace the originally scheduled Mignon and are listed below. If you had tickets to our cancelled production of Mignon, please destroy them as they are no longer valid.


  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Thank you for your understanding during this time! Please message Bill Buddendorf at or call 215-735-1685 with your ticket requests.


Tatyana declares her love for the mysterious Eugene Onegin. He carelessly dismisses her, and sets into motion a tale of love and regret. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece will transport you to the country homes and palaces of Russia in the 19th century, and engulf you with beautiful melodies and unforgettable characters. This is a semi-staged piano production, sung in Russian with English supertitles. All performances will be held at AVA’s Helen Corning Warden Theater.

CAST (in order of appearance)

  • Tatyana – Emily Margevich (Feb 19 and 24), Lydia Grindatto (Feb 22 and 26)
  • Olga – Chelsea Laggan (Feb 19 and 24), Anne Marie Stanley (Feb 22 and 26)
  • Madame Larina – Monique Galvão
  • Filipievna – Anastasiia Sidorova* (guest artist)
  • Lensky – Luke Norvell (Feb 19 and 24), Zachary Rioux (Feb 22 and 26)
  • Eugene Onegin – Benjamin Dickerson (Feb 19 and 24), Titus Muzi (Feb 22 and 26)
  • Triquet – Angel Gomez
  • Zaretsky – Eric Delagrange
  • Prince Gremin – Griffen Hogan Tracy (Feb 19 and 24), Peter Barber (Feb 22 and 26)

* In this production, AVA is pleased to welcome guest artist Anastasiia Sidorova, who will be performing the role of Filipievna. Anastasiia is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the Curtis Friends Board Fellowship. In the 2020-21 season, Anastasiia sang Sesto in MERCY, a film by the Curtis Opera Theatre based on Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. She also performed in the concert “Sounds of Spring” with Opera Philadelphia. Anastasiia participated in the Wolf Trap Studio Artist program both in 2018 and 2019, performing Giovanna in their production of Rigoletto and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. She has also attended Ravinia‘s Steans Music Institute (2020,2021), the Music Academy of the West and the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. In 2019 she was one of four singers to go on American Tour as a part of Curtis on Tour Program with Mikael Eliasen, performing Liebeslieder-Waltzer by Brahms. As an Emerging Artist at Opera Philadelphia, she made her professional debut as Roggiero in Tancredi and performed Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Mércèdes in Carmen.



For our patrons needing an accessible entrance, AVA has ramp access in the back of our building on 19th and Delancey. For questions and to schedule access, please contact AVA Box Office Manager Bill Buddendorf at or 215-735-1685 ext. 17


AVA is joining performing arts organizations across the nation in requiring that our visitors and audience members provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend all indoor public performances and events at AVA. Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted. Further, AVA will adhere to the guidelines regarding proof of vaccination set forth by all venues that host AVA performances.  We will require masks to be worn while at AVA, including the duration of this performance. This policy is subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.

Meet the Artists


Generously sponsored by Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs.