Just as the Metropolitan Opera debuts its new production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, this week's broadcast features a recent interpretation from the Royal Opera House in London.
The production, which marked Kasper Holten's directorial debut at the Royal Opera, places Tchaikovsky's "lyrical scenes" in a country-mansion setting. The story tells of a young Tatyana (Krassimira Stoyanova) and her awakening passion, her rejection by the aloof Onegin (Simon Keenlyside) and her ultimate choice of honor over true love. The effect is far more intimate in tone than the archetypal grand Russian opera.
Holten himself describes the opera as "full of poetry and melancholy, encapsulating the fragile and turbulent emotions of youth, self-realization and finally the yearning to go back and undo what cannot be undone."
Diana Montague, mezzo-soprano, Larina, lady of the manor
Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano, Tatyana, her daughter
Elena Maximova, contralto, Olga, Tatyana's sister
Kathleen Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano, Filippyevna, a nurse
Pavol Breslik, tenor, Lensky
Simon Keenlyside, baritone, Eugene Onegin
Peter Rose, bass, Prince Gremin
Michel de Souza, bass, A Captain
Jihoon Kim, bass, Zaretsky
Christophe Mortagne, tenor, Triquet, a Frenchman
Royal Opera Chorus
Royal Opera Orchestra
Robin Ticciati, conductor
Watch a preview of the "letter scene" below: