Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life. Cast members include Jan Cornelius as Tatyana, Elise Qualgliata as Olga, and Cody Austin as Lensky. Jane Shaulis, who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, performs as Filippyevna, and Iowa’s own John Moore, who has also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, sings the title role.