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Performer: Larissa Diadkova

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New York CityThe Queen of Spades

Igor Golovatenko (Yeletsky) and Lise Davidsen (Lise) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Vasily Petrenko; Elijah Moshinsky; Metropolitan Opera; Mark Thompson; Yusif Eyvazov; Kristian Benedikt
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Tchaikovsky’s tale of dark obsession sparkles with notable Met debuts

Igor Golovatenko (Yeletsky) and Lise Davidsen (Lise) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
The young soprano Lise Davidsen scored a successful debut at the Met, with impressive support by conductor Vasily Petrenko, also making a debut, led a memorable revival of Pique Dame
****1
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Netrebko a magnificent Tatyana in The Met's Onegin

Anna Netrebko (Tatyana) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The evening was dominated by Anna Netrebko, who reprised the role of Tatiana with fresh insights and vocal charisma.  Robin Ticciati led the Met Orchestra to probe a new depth of the score.
*****
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Caged bird: Tchaikovsky stars in Herheim's Pique Dame

Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky) and Chorus © Monika Forster | Dutch National Opera
The role of the outsider struck a chord with Tchaikovsky, whose homosexuality alienated him from society. Stefan Herheim takes that identification as the central idea in his remarkable new production at Dutch National Opera.
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HGO's Onegin stars an unlikely hero

Re-imagining this opera with Prince Gremin as the show-stealer was no doubt a happy accident.
****1
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Mariinsky forces sparkle in Prokofiev's comedy

The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff celebrates its 10th anniversary this autumn, and as part of the celebrations the Mariinsky Opera, under its conductor Valery Gergiev, was invited back for a concert performance of Prokofiev’s comic opera, Betrothal in a Monastery.
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