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Eugene Onegin to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 1 June

Production photos, behind the scenes films and essential guides to Tchaikovsky's adaptation of Pushkin’s novel in verse.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

30 May 2013 at 11.49am | 6 Comments

The Royal Opera's Eugene Onegin starring Simon Keenlyside, Krassimira Stoyanova and Pavol Breslik will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 1 June at 6pm.

Eugene Onegin is Tchaikovsky's most widely performed opera (although the composer preferred the term 'lyrical scenes'). Based on the novel of the same name, it tells the story of literature-loving Tatyana Larin who falls passionately in love with dashing and worldly Eugene Onegin. He rejects her, despite having feelings for her and his subsequent actions lead to tragedy.

Update: Listen via BBC iPlayer

Rehearsal and language coaching 

Kasper Holten's production of the opera had its premiere in February 2013 and was one of the productions featured as part of Royal Opera Live. Watch Kasper rehearsing with Principal singers and Dušica Bijelić being guided through a language coaching session.

Musical highlight

One of Eugene Onegin's most powerful musical moments is Lensky's tragic pre-duel aria, ‘Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis’. Discover more about Lensky's aria.

Inside The Royal Opera Chorus

The Royal Opera Chorus has a particularly large part to play in Eugene Onegin, as peasants on the Larin estate and as courtesans and party goers. Watch our film about the role of the chorus.

Introducing the characters

Watch the cast and creative team's introduction to the various characters, with rehearsal footage:

Review the show

Read audience reactions to Eugene Onegin and add your own

Eugene Onegin will be followed by four subsequent Saturday broadcasts from Covent Garden on BBC Radio 3, including Nabucco, La donna del lago, Written on Skin and a live relay of Gloriana. All broadcasts will be available via BBC iPlayer for seven days after broadcast.

Eugene Onegin was generously supported by The Monument Trust, The Artists’ Circle and Hamish and Sophie Forsyth.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

30 May 2013 at 11.49am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC, broadcast, Krassimira Stoyanova, Production, Pushkin, radio, Radio 3, Simon Keenlyside, Tchaikovsky

This article has 6 comments

  1. patricia fournier responded on 1 June 2013 at 9:34pm Reply

    One of my favorites. I learned to love music as a child listening to opera on the CBC radio. That would be in the 40's.

  2. Grant Holt responded on 2 June 2013 at 3:35am Reply

    I've just listened to the radio 3 broadcast of (my favourite opera) Onegin and although this doubled-up staging might work on stage or screen it makes for a sometimes confusing audio only performance. It even appears to produce the odd lag in which the listener is left asking themselves 'what the hell was that?'
    Given the flashback staging is an obvious if unconventional choice given the story; I'm afraid it makes for not that great a listening pleasure as this ripping yarn normally evokes.

  3. Tim Lockley responded on 10 June 2013 at 7:17pm Reply

    Was the radio broadcast the same as the video performance previously broadcast on BBC4? Or were they taped at different performances?

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 11 June 2013 at 7:18am

      Hi Tim

      These were recorded at different performances. The one shown on BBC Four was also the live cinema relay. It was recorded by the ROH Cinema and Broadcast team. Radio 3 come in themselves to capture a recording for radio.

      Best wishes


  4. Tim Lockley responded on 11 June 2013 at 9:49am Reply

    Thanks Ellen, can I ask if the radio performance was a single one, or whether it was a composite of several performances as sometimes happens?

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 11 June 2013 at 10:06am

      I'm not sure Tim. I'll have to ask.



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