The Emotional Landscape of Tchaikovsky on Display in 'Eugene Onegin,' Your Met Radio Broadcast

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Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Peter Mattei as Onegin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s adaptation of the Pushkin novel of the same name, is your 1 pm Met Radio Broadcast. It deals with a familiar and uncomfortable theme to most of us: a strong desire between two people, complicated by less-than-ideal timing. A listen also prompts questions about ego, the feeling of being wanted, and the motives one has for romantic pursuit.

Tchaikovsky wrote the music in 1879, and it was actually premiered by the students of the Moscow Conservatory. Its professional premiere at the Bolshoi came two years later, and it proved to be a surprising (by the composer’s standards) success.


Conductor: Robin Ticciati

Tatiana: Anna Netrebko

Olga: Elena Maximova

Lenski: Alexey Dolgov

Onegin: Peter Mattei

Gremin: Štefan Kocán