Ep. 8 Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky broadcast 9.10.17
The opera Eugene Onegin is based on a beloved Russian lyric novel of the same name by Pushkin. Pushkin presents a vast overview of old Russian society around 1820, which Tchaikovsky’s original score neatly divides into each of its three acts: from the timeless rituals of country life to the rural gentry with its troubles and pleasures and, finally, the glittering imperial aristocracy of St. Petersburg.
The opera tells the story of Tatyana, her sister Olga, and their loves Onegin and Lenski. The famous "Letter Scene," gives us an insight into the character when the intelligent and socially awkward young Tatyana pours out her heart to the cold Onegin in a tale of unrequited love. A spectacular birthday ball, a duel follow with a glittering, if conflicted end at a society ball in St. Petersburg where Onegin and Tatyana are reunited.