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.

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March 2020

Sunday

03/01

2:00 PM

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The Queen of Spades

By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Performed by Mirella Freni, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Maureen Forrester, Katherine Ciesinski, et al.
Courtesy of Sony Masterworks
By arrangement with SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

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"Pique dame"
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Queen of Spades

By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Program Book

Go inside this production of The Queen of Spades with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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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

Linda Dobell

Original Choreographer

Jennifer Tipton

Original Lighting Designer

Chris Maravich

Revival Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumna

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Join us in the theater one hour before the curtain rises for a free, 30-minute preview talk about the opera. Learn more about pre-opera talks.

Audio-Described Performance & Touch Tour

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Audio-described performances include a narration which guides the listener through the presentation via headphones. Guided touch tours tailored to patrons who are blind or have low vision are held prior to the performance. Please contact Audience Services at 312.827.5600 and a representative will assist you with choosing seats that meet your needs. Click here to learn more.

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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