New-to-Chicago Production The Queen of Spades

By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Language - Sung in Russian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 3 hours, 45 minutes with 2 intermissions

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.

Upcoming Dates
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February 2020

Saturday

02/15

7:30 PM

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Wednesday

02/19

7:00 PM

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Sunday

02/23

2:00 PM

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Wednesday

02/26

2:00 PM

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March 2020

Sunday

03/01

2:00 PM

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Meet The Artists

Brandon Jovanovich

Gherman

Sondra Radvanovsky

Lisa

Jane Henschel*

Countess

Samuel Youn

Tomsky

Lucas Meachem

Yeletsky

Elizabeth DeShong†

Pauline

Kyle van Schoonhoven

Chekalinsky

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

Richard Jones

Original Director

Ben Davis

Revival Director

John Macfarlane

Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Linda Dobell

Original Choreographer

* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumna

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Production Sponsors

MARGOT AND JOSEF LAKONISHOK
MRS. HERBERT A. VANCE & MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM C. VANCE
Production originated at Welsh National Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Den Norske Opera, and Canadian Opera Company.

Photo: Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera