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Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky
Saturday 16 December 2017

From the grandeur of Tsarist St. Petersburg, Lensky, an idealistic young poet, travels to the countryside to visit his sweetheart Olga. He is accompanied by the arrogant, foppish Onegin.

Onegin quickly draws the attentions of Olga’s sister Tatyana, but tensions soon rise after he coldly rejects her advances and is then accused of seducing Olga. A furious Lenksy challenges Onegin to a pistol duel, setting in motion a chain of events which bring Onegin’s life crashing down…

On 16th December the formidable Cambridge Philharmonic orchestra and chorus is joined by an award-winning cast of soloists. These include Katherine Broderick (Tatyana), a regular performer at both ENO and the Royal Opera House also a Kathleen Ferrier award winner (2007), and Matthew Hargreaves (Zaretsky), whose recent work has included roles at La Scala and Opera North. Notably, Julien Van Mellaerts (Onegin) is winner of both the 2017 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards – his performance is not to be missed!

Notes for editors

Cambridge Philharmonic, founded in 1887, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished music societies. With a full symphony orchestra and a large chorus, the Cambridge Philharmonic presents an annual concert series in King’s College Chapel, Ely Cathedral and the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

Cambridge Philharmonic works with an enviable roster of soloists, including in recent seasons, instrumentalists such as Natalie Clein, Alison Balsom, Mark Simpson and Martin Roscoe and singers Joan Rodgers, Emma Bell, Roderick Williams and Jacques Imbrailo. This has been a long tradition of the Philharmonic and in previous decades, artists including Philip Langridge, Peter Pears, Philip Jones and Kathleen Ferrier all performed with the society. Principal and guest conductors have included Sir David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury, Raymond Leppard and Thomas Adès.

Under their current principal conductor and music director, Timothy Redmond, the Cambridge Philharmonic has developed and expanded its repertoire to include annual opera performances, family concerts and a focus on contemporary music. Critically-acclaimed performances of repertoire as diverse as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Bernstein’s Candide, Verdi’s La Traviata and Mahler’s Second Symphony have given the Cambridge Philharmonic a profile that extends far beyond its home town.

In addition to its regular performances in the UK, the Cambridge Philharmonic has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Prague’s Rudolfinum Concert Hall. The Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra reached an even wider audience when they recorded Ryan Teague’s album Coins and Crosses, which has been featured on BBC radio and TV and heard on radio stations worldwide.

For more information please contact Anne Sales at info@cam-phil.org.uk.