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.
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
- Stage director
- Gilbert Deflo
- Set design
- William Orlandi
- Nadejda L. Loujine
- Costume design
- William Orlandi
- Albert Faura
- Gran Teatre del Liceu
- Chorus 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 Liceu
- Dmitri Jurowski
|Hermann||Yusif Eyvazov||26th January and 2th,5th,8th,11th February|
|George Oniani||27th January and 1th,4th,6th,10th February|
|Count Tomski / Zlatogor||Łukasz Goliński||26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th February|
|Gevorg Hakobyan||27th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th February|
|Prince Ieletski||Rodion Pogossov||26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th February|
|Andrey Zhilikhovsky||27th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th February|
|Countess||Elena Zaremba||26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th February|
|Larissa Diadkova||27th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th February|
|Lisa||Lianna Haroutounian||26th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th February|
|Irina Churilova||27th January|
|Sondra Radvanovsky||1th,5th,8th,11th February|
|Polina/ Milovzor||Lena Belkina||26th January and 1th,4th,6th,8th,10th,11th February|
|Cristina Faus||27th January and 2th,5th February|
|Master of Ceremonies||Marc Sala|
|Prilepa||Mercedes Gancedo||26th January and 1th,5th,8th,11th February|
|Serena Sáenz||27th January and 2th,4th,6th,10th February|
Due to personal reasons, Sondra Radvanovsky joins the production from February 1, and soprano Lianna Haroutounian will sing the role of Lisa at the premiere. In the performance on January 27, the Russian soprano Irina Churilova will sing the part.
Due to agenda issues of soprano Serena Sáenz, the role of Prilepa is divided into two casts and Mercedes Gancedo joins the production.
Tenor Martin Muehle cancels his participation for health reasons and George Oniani joins the production.
Mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick cancels her participation due to the difficulties of traveling in these times of international health emergency. Larissa Diadkova will perform the rol of the Duchess.