ROH: The Queen of Spades


Last shown on 22 January 2019

In Tchaikovsky ’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin and comes to the Royal  Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in  Amsterdam.  The production is set in  1890, the year of the opera ’s premiere.  In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires.  Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and  Royal  Opera  Chorus, conducted by Antonio  Pappano,  Music Director of The  Royal  Opera.  This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

3 hours 30 minutes
Aleksandrs Antonenko, Eva-Maria Westbroek

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