The Queen of Spades

Sunday, February 17
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3hr 30mins // directed by:Stefan Herheim // featuring:Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Stoyanov, Felicity Palmer

Presented by the Royal Opera House. Conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study of destructive obsession.

In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.


CREATIVE TEAM

Music: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

Director: Stefan Herheim 

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

ARTISTIC TEAM

Gherman: Aleksandrs Antonenko

Prince Yeletsky: Vladimir Stoyanov

Countess: Felicity Palmer

Liza: Eva-Maria Westbroek


Opera in 3 Acts with 1 interval. Sung in Russian with English Subtitles. Recorded 2018.