Introduction Artistic profile Gallery More info Subscribe nowFrom May 27 PRIORITY SALE01/09/21 GENERAL PUBLIC SALE08/09/21 Alongside Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky's greatest contribution to the opera Thanks to his brother Modest's libretto, based on a free adaptation of a tale by Pushkin, P. I. Tchaikovsky was able to respond in just 44 days to a commission from the Russian Imperial Theatres and Pikovaya Dama was born. For the young Herman, paradise consists of rising in society and gambling. He accordingly sacrifices his love for Lisa to his obsession with finding a magic formula for winning at cards which is in the possession of an old countess. After driving Lisa to suicide, Herman himself dies, deceived by the Countess's ghost. The tragedy of this complex Romantic hero, haunted by his passion for gambling and driven by fate to the loss of his lover and to crime and death, is counterpointed by elements from the world of dreams and the supernatural. Gilbert Deflo's opulent production transports us to a far-off age and underscores the composer's own scathing portrait of society, for beneath the amiable appearance of the Russia of Catherine the Great, a lost generation lies hidden. Tchaikovsky's score evokes the court, streets and river banks of Saint Petersburg through the deliberate recreation of 18th century musical forms and allusions to popular and religious music but never sacrifices his characteristically fervent lyricism. The Queen of Spades ranks alongside Eugene Onegin as his greatest contribution to the world of opera. PARADISE: gambling Pikovaya Dama Opera in three acts Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky based on the tale of the same title by Pushkin. World premiere: 07/12/1890 at the Mariinksy Theatre, Saint Petersburg . Barcelona premiere: 01/12/1922 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 04/07/2010. Total number of Liceu performances: 31. Approximate running time 3h 50m Artistic profileStage directorGilbert DefloSet designWilliam OrlandiChoreographyNadejda L. LoujineCostume designWilliam OrlandiLightingAlbert FauraProductionGran Teatre del LiceuChorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona (Pablo Assante, director)Children's chorus VEUS - Amics de la Unió de Granollers (Josep Vila i Jover, director)Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del LiceuConductorDmitry JurowskiCastHermannYusif Eyvazov26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th FebruaryMartin Muehle27th,31th January and 2th,6th,10th FebruaryGeorge Oniani4th FebruaryCount Tomski / ZlatogorLukasz Golinski26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th FebruaryGevorg Hakobyan27th,31th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th FebruaryPrince IeletskiRodion Pogossov26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th FebruaryAndrey Zhilikhovsky27th,31th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th FebruaryTxekalinskiDavid AlegretSurinIvo StanchevTxaplitskiAntoni LliteresCountessElena Zaremba26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th FebruaryDolora Zajick27th,31th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th FebruaryLisaSondra Radvanovsky26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th FebruaryLianna Haroutounian27th,31th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th FebruaryPolina/ MilovzorLena Belkina26th January and 2th,4th,6th,8th,10th,11th FebruaryCristina Faus27th,31th January and 1th,5th FebruaryGovernessMireia PintóMaixaGemma Coma-AlabertMaster of CeremoniesMarc SalaPrilepaSerena Sáenz January 202226Wednesday19:00Turn Bbuy27Thursday19:00Turn P (PA)buy31Monday19:00Turn Hola LiceubuyFebruary 20221Tuesday19:00Turn Dbuy2Wednesday19:00Turn Gbuy4Friday19:00Turn PBbuy5Saturday19:00Turn Cbuy6Sunday17:00Turn Tbuy8Tuesday19:00Turn Abuy10Thursday19:00Turn Hbuy11Friday19:00Turn EADbuy Píkovaia Dama (© Antoni Bofill) Píkovaia Dama (© Antoni Bofill) Píkovaia Dama (© Antoni Bofill) Píkovaia Dama (© Antoni Bofill) Píkovaia Dama (© Antoni Bofill) Píkovaia Dama (© Antoni Bofill) Information of Interest Briefing session The Liceu offers a briefing session in the main hall before the start of each dramatized opera performance. It begins 50 minutes before the show. Broadcasts Free Catalunya Música live stream on Saturday, February 5 at 7pm (CET). Not available for streaming worldwide, due to copyright or other clearance issues.