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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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BarcelonaThe Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Dmitri Jurowski; Gilbert Deflo; Gran Teatre del Liceu; William Orlandi; Albert Faura; Yusif Eyvazov

Baden-BadenThe Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Kirill Petrenko; Moshe Leiser; Patrice Caurier; Arsen Soghomonyan; Asmik Grigorian; Aigul Akhmetshina

BerlinThe Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Kirill Petrenko; Arsen Soghomonyan; Asmik Grigorian; Aigul Akhmetshina; Doris Soffel
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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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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

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

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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