Matinee broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, January 18th, with a performance of Eugene Onegin by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto, organized by the composer and Konstantin Shilovsky, very closely follows certain passages in Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse of the same name, retaining much of his poetry. The performance will run approximately three hours and fifty minutes.
Young and impassioned, Tatiana hastily writes a love letter to the brooding aristocrat Onegin. She thereby unwittingly sets off an unstoppable series of events, leaving Onegin forever regretting the love he so casually spurned.
Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's fateful romance, one of the composer's most sumptuous scores. Russian Valery Gergiev conducts Deborah Warner's new production, the helm of which Irish actress and director Fiona Shaw took over in the eleventh hour for the convalescing Ms. Warner. The production was enormously successful at its English National Opera premiere, where it was particularly noted for the staged snowstorm that provided the dramatic setting for the finale.