In this podcast we journey to Russia in the 1820s, the setting for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s tale of love and loss, Eugene Onegin. The opera was drawn almost verbatim from the novel of the same title by Alexander Pushkin, one of the great works of Russian literature. Here Glyndebourne’s dramaturg Cori Ellison and Marina Frolova-Walker, a specialist in Russian Music at the University of Cambridge, discuss the rich material on offer to Tchaikovsky within the novel and consider how the composer found his own voice with which to tell the story. In addition, baritone Richard Stilwell, who has portrayed Onegin many times, including at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1975, talks about what it’s like to play this not entirely likeable character.
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