ROH: The Queen of Spades on Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Royal Opera House
The Queen of Spades
Opera in three acts
Music Pyotr il’yich Tchaikovsky
Director Stefan Herheim
Conductor 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 xation. 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 ve- 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 unful lled 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.
Approximate running time:
3 hrs 30 mins (including one interval)
Sung in Russian with English surtitles
Tuesday 22 January 6.45pm
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