For young tenors, Lensky's aria is a brilliant audition piece. Lensky's arioso, however, is highly overlooked, potentially due to some wordiness. The arioso is short, youthful, passionate, effectively shows off the voice, and should be a standard offering in pair with the aria.
Here is an absolutely adorable Russian f...ilm clip from circa 1955 movie. Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky.
Writing to Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky raises poignant questions. What could be more dramatic and touching than Lensky, a brilliant young poet, losing his life by colliding with a false code of 'honor'?
What could be more tragic, Tchaikovsky comments, than Onegin, due to a pointless chain of circumstances, killing his best friend Lensky in a duel?