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The Queen of SpadesNew production

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Lyric Opera HouseChicago, Illinois, IL60606, United States
2020 February 15 19:30, February 19 19:00, February 23 14:00, February 26 14:00, March 01 14:00
Performers
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Sir Andrew DavisConductor
Richard JonesDirector
John MacfarlaneSet Designer
Brandon JovanovichTenorHermann
Sondra RadvanovskySopranoLisa
Elizabeth DeShongMezzo-sopranoPolina
Jane HenschelMezzo-sopranoThe Countess
Samuel YounBass-baritoneTomsky
Lucas MeachemBaritoneYeletsky
Kyle van SchoonhovenTenorChekalinsky
Benjamin DavisRevival Director
Michael BlackChoirmaster / chorus director
Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus
Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra

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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