NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

THE QUEEN OF SPADES

by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sung in Russian with projected English translations


Tchaikovsky’s broodingly romantic thriller is a tour de force for a great tenor. He plays the terrifyingly obsessed Gherman, an unhappy soldier desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess—the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman’s obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess’s granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves. Tchaikovsky’s music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra—a masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.


 
PRODUCTION SPONSORS

MARGOT AND JOSEF
LAKONISHOK
 
 
 
 
 


Production originated at Welsh National Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Den Norske Opera, and Canadian Opera Company.
 


Approximate Running Time:  3 hours, 45 minutes with 2 intermissions

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Photo: Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera

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