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THE QUEEN OF SPADES (ROH 2019)
Royal Opera House Cinema Season THE QUEEN OF SPADES (ROH 2019) Tuesday 22 January 6:45PM
  • By: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Design: Philipp Fürhofer
  • Director: Stefan Herheim
  • Runtime: tbc.
  • Screening: Live from Covent Garden
  • Starring: Gherman: Aleksandrs Antonenko, Prince Yeletsky: Vladimir Stoyanov, Liza: Eva-Maria Westbroek
  • Tickets: £15.50, concessions £13.50
  • Venue: THEATRE

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

The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky. Gherman learns that Liza's guardian the Countess knows a winning three-card formula. Gherman determines to wrest the secret from the Countess, gain a fortune through gambling and marry Liza...

Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in 1889. He based it on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers. He and his brother Modest (his co-librettist) dramatically altered Pushkin's plot, turning Gherman from a cynical opportunist into an ardent lover and Liza into a tragic figure. Tchaikovsky put a great deal of work into the opera's premiere at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre in 1890, and was thrilled by its success.

The Queen of Spades is one of Tchaikovsky's most impressive and varied scores, containing grand choruses, intimate arias and duets, a masquerade paying tribute to Mozart and a terrifying supernatural episode.

Stefan Herheim's spectacular production places Tchaikovsky himself at the heart of the action, and asks searching questions about the nature of creativity and the parallels between life and art.
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