RHOSYGILWEN stages its summer production of Eugene Onegin on July 14-15 and it promises to be the most lavish to date.

The Tchaikovsky opera, reckoned by many to be the finest, is a story of love, passion and duty set in 19th century Russia. In an example of life imitating art, the poet Pushkin on whose poem the opera is based, was shot and killed in a duel as does the jilted lover Lensky.

The principals are drawn from the WNO, Scottish and Irish Opera and have world-class voices to match. Sian Cameron, who hails from Cardigan, sings the role of Olga while Irish soprano, Roisin Walsh sings the role of Tatanya and tenor Seamus Begg is in the role of Lensky.

Kees Huysman, from Llandysul, sings Gremin and Stephen Welch is the comic Monsieur Trichet.

Over the last few weeks a monumental effort has been put in by many people to make the production a success. Helen Elster Jones has designed and sourced the period costumes for the chorus, dancers and the principals.

The result is a delightful splash of colour and style which reflects the grandeur of St Petersburg high society and the rural life of the countryside.

The Aberteifi Choir, under the directorship of Henry Ward, brings to life Tchaikovsky’s distinctive choral accompaniment and dancers from Dynamix will add extra vigour to the stage.

In keeping with Rhosygilwen’s tradition of rural opera, there will be an extended interval for picnickers to enjoy the gardens and grounds on a lovely summer evening. There are special discounts for groups of five or more.

The two performances start at 6pm with a 90-minute interval at 7pm. Performances are held in Neuaddydderwen under cover. Tickets are available on line at Rhosygilwen.co.uk or by calling 01239841387 during office hours.