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The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)

Gran Teatre del Liceu: AuditorioumBarcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain
Dates/times in Madrid time zone
Wednesday 26 January 202219:00
Thursday 27 January 202219:00
Monday 31 January 202219:00
Tuesday 01 February 202219:00
Wednesday 02 February 202219:00
Friday 04 February 202219:00
Saturday 05 February 202219:00
Sunday 06 February 202217:00
Tuesday 08 February 202219:00
Thursday 10 February 202219:00
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Performers
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Dmitri JurowskiConductor
Gilbert DefloDirector
William OrlandiSet Designer, Costume Designer
Albert FauraLighting Designer
Yusif EyvazovTenorHermannJan 26, Feb 01, 05, 08, 11
Martin MuehleTenorHermannJan 27, 31, Feb 02, 04, 06, 10
Sondra RadvanovskySopranoLisaJan 26, Feb 01, 05, 08, 11
Lianna HaroutounianSopranoLisaJan 27, 31, Feb 02, 04, 06, 10
Lena BelkinaMezzo-sopranoPolinaJan 26, Feb 02, 04, 06, 08, 10, 11
Christina FausContraltoPolinaJan 27, 31, Feb 01, 05
Elena ZarembaMezzo-sopranoThe CountessJan 26, Feb 01, 05, 08, 11
Dolora ZajickMezzo-sopranoThe CountessJan 27, 31, Feb 02, 04, 06, 10
Łukasz GolińskiBaritoneTomskyJan 26, Feb 01, 05, 08, 11
Gevorg HakobyanBaritoneTomskyJan 27, 31, Feb 02, 04, 06, 10
Rodion PogossovBaritoneYeletskyJan 26, Feb 01, 05, 08, 11
Andrey ZhilikhovskyBaritoneYeletskyJan 27, 31, Feb 02, 04, 06, 10
Antonio LozanoTenorChaplitsky
Ivo StanchevBassSurin
David AlegretTenorChekalinsky
Gemma Coma-AlabertMezzo-sopranoMasha
Mireia PintóMezzo-sopranoThe Governess
Veus - Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió
Coro del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conxita GarciaChoirmaster / chorus director
Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu

Production: Gran Teatre del Liceu

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.

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