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Work: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)

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ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
PeriodRomantic
Year1890
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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AvignonLa Dame de Pique

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Jurjen Hempel; Olivier Py; Opéra Grand Avignon; Pierre-André Weitz; Bertrand Killy; Elena Bezgodkova

DresdenPique DameNew production

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Mikhail Tatarnikov; Andreas Dresen; Semperoper Dresden; Mathias Fischer-Dieskau; Judith Adam; Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden; Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
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Outstanding performances in brothel-based Baden-Baden Pique Dame

The Baden-Baden Easter Festival offers a memorable production of Pique Dame with excellent musical performances convincing in Leiser and Caurier's updating of the plot.
*****
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Three card trick: La Scala’s gamble pays off in Pique Dame

Valery Gergiev finally turns up to conduct an electrifying evening, crowned by Asmik Grigorian's full throttle performance as Liza. 
****1
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The Queen of Spades plays her cards right in Naples

Willy Decker does not try to make the structure of the plot any clearer, mainly concentrating on the deeper meaning of the work. The cast was excellent.
*****
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Tchaikovsky’s tale of dark obsession sparkles with notable Met debuts

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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A tale of many Tchaikovskys: The Queen of Spades at ROH

Herheim places the composer at the centre of his opera in a staging that's clever and erudite but somewhat cold; musical performances are mixed.
***11
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