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.
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.
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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.
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
Introducing the characters
Watch the cast and creative team’s introduction to the various characters, with rehearsal footage:
Review the show
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.