Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as the title character of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin.' Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as the title character of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

On Saturday at 1pm on WQXR the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin based on the novel by Aleksander Pushkin.

Deborah Warner directed this new production of Onegin, which served as the Met's season opener-- a much discussed affair. This broadcast of Eugene Onegin features Anna Netrebko as a longing Tatiana; Oksana Volkova as Tatiana's engaged older sister; Piotr Beczala as Olga’s fiancé Lenski; and Mariusz Kwiecien as a flirtatious, but aloof Eugene Onegin. 

Cast:
Tatiana: Anna Netrebko
Olga: Oksana Volkova
Madame Larina: Elena Zaremba
Filippyevna: Larissa Diadkova
Lenski: Piotr Beczala
Eugene Onegin: Mariusz Kwiecien
A captain: David Crawford
Triquet: John Graham-Hall
Zaretski: Richard Bernstein
Prince Gremin: Alexei Tanovitsk

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Comments [7]

Mrs Anne Foxell from Great Britain

PLEASE PLEASE, could someone in authority come to the front of the stage before each opera which is broadcast and ask the audience NOT to applaud before the end of the music. This is an insult to the artists, the conductor and the orchestra, and a totally uncivilised reaction to a great work. It happens so often at the Met, and absolutely spoils the end of every broadcast opera for me, and others opera lovers.

Thank you for taking this seriously.

Jan. 25 2014 11:45 AM
Ed Lubin

Ninotchka you are right! But be kind to Margaret пожалуйста she's great!

Jan. 20 2014 09:49 AM
Echo from Philadelphia

Can someone tell me the names of the two lead soprano & mezzo soprano who opened Eugene Onegin in the 50's, whose interview was played during the intermission of Onegin on 01/18/14? Thank you!

Jan. 19 2014 04:58 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

ANNA NETREBKO and MARIUSZ KWIECIEN are exemplary in voice and acting their respective roles. Friday night's telecast on CH 13 verified the successful artistic pairing of NETREBKO and KWIECIEN. I would much have preferred a Lenski with more body of voice, although almost all Lenskis are light-voiced lyric tenors, unlike the great CARUSO WHO SANG THE ROLE IN RUSSIA with commendable interpretive skill and his unico vocal timbre. The Lenski PIOTR BECZALA did sing well and with the pathos appropriate his aria in act 2.

Jan. 18 2014 03:35 PM
Nina Malkevitch from Garden City, NY

For Margaret Juntwait: I am listening to Onegin on my radio and just want to add that an unaccented "o" in Russian is pronounced like a short "a" as in ah. Therefore, saying Onegin repeatedly with an "o" sound is a bit grating. If you listen to how the singers speak about the character, they are saying "Ahnyegin." Thank you.

Jan. 18 2014 03:28 PM
Mary Jane Hodge from Melville

Saw it in HD, again last night on Ch. 13 New York and listening today. Great singing, sexy performance. I like the "softer" performance of the character of Onegin who is a selfish bad boy who gets his comeuppance - almost felt sorry for him, but not much. The theme is among the most haunting in opera.

Jan. 18 2014 02:29 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

This is a recorded performance from 5 October 2013. Today's matinee' and evening performances are "Die Fledermaus" and "La Bohe`me".

Jan. 18 2014 09:21 AM

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