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Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
2016 June 09, 12 13:30, 15, 18, 21, 27, 30, July 03 13:30 (at 19:30 unless shown)
Festival: Holland Festival
Dutch National Opera
Mariss JansonsConductor
Stefan HerheimDirector
Philipp FürhoferSet Designer, Costume Designer
Misha DidykTenorHermann
Alexey MarkovBaritoneTomsky
Vladimir StoyanovBaritoneYeletsky
Larissa DiadkovaMezzo-sopranoThe Countess
Andrei PopovTenorChekalinsky
Svetlana AksenovaSopranoLisa
Anna GoryachovaMezzo-sopranoPolina
Mikhail MakarovTenorChaplitsky
Anatoli SivkoBassNarumov
Andrii GoniukovBassSurin
Maria FiselierMezzo-sopranoMasha
Olga SavovaMezzo-sopranoThe Governess
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Christiaan KuyvenhovenPiano, Actor

The second Russian opera in the anniversary season is a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique dame (Queen of spades). It revolves around the obsessive desire for becoming rich through gambling. Ever since its world premiere, Pique dame has been a great audience favourite.

In Short

Under the motto ‘What is our life? A game!’, the protagonist Herman stakes everything, thinking he knows a secret formula by which he cannot lose at cards. This is not the case, however, and Herman commits suicide. He thus becomes the third victim of his own gambling compulsion – after the old Countess, who was supposed to know the secret, and Lisa, who was in love with him.

In Russian language with English and Dutch surtitles.

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