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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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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

ChicagoThe Queen of SpadesNew production

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Sir Andrew Davis; Richard Jones; Lyric Opera of Chicago; John Macfarlane; Brandon Jovanovich; Sondra Radvanovsky; Elizabeth DeShong

BerlinPikowaja DamaNew production

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Sebastian Weigle; Graham Vick; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Stuart Nunn; Martin Muehle; Sondra Radvanovsky

DuisburgPique DameNew production

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Aziz Shokhakimov; Lydia Steier; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Bärbl Hohmann; Ursula Kudrna; Sergei Khomov; Stefan Heidemann

NaplesPique Dame

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Juraj Valčuha; Willy Decker; Teatro di San Carlo; Wolfgang Gussmann; Misha Didyk; Oleg Dolgov
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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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A tale of many Tchaikovskys: The Queen of Spades at ROH

Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
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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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Philharmonic do the real storytelling as Hans Neuenfels' staging underwhelms.
***11
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Staging, spectacle, singing: three-card trick at Savonlinna

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
This was more stadium rock than stuffy opera house, lighting as ‘metaphor made real’ as the lovers were – literally – star-struck, blinded by love.
****1
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Sex and violence in the ghetto: Pique Dame

Shigeo Ishino (Yeletsky), Erin Caves (Herman) and Helene Schneiderman © A.T. Schaefer
Oper Stuttgart’s new production of The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame) pushes a directorial tendency to update opera to a modern setting to an extreme.
***11
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