When an officer in the Imperial Russian Army hears a rumour about a countess who used three cards to win back her fortune, he becomes fixated on obtaining the secret. Hermann seduces the countess’s young ward in order to learn the secret, but catalyses a chain of tragedy in doing so. As the time for the card games approaches, he descends into madness; will his sacrifices be worth it?
The powerfully dark plot is complemented by Tchaikovsky’s lyrical melodies, rich harmonies and opulent orchestration. The poignant arias include some of Tchaikovsky’s most memorable tunes, expressing the anguish of Hermann as he slides into despair. The turbulent score is filled with urgency and drama, although not without lighter moments.
ENO’s previous collaborations between Music Director Edward Gardner and Olivier Award-winning director David Alden have received a great deal of critical admiration, as have the star-studded cast. The grand dame of British opera, Felicity Palmer, appears as the Countess, while the silvery-toned soprano Giselle Allen is her ward. The leading role is taken by tenor Peter Bronder, an internationally-acclaimed singer who is known for the physicality and expressive power of his performances. Don’t miss out on a gripping night at the opera – book now.
|The Queen of Spades
|London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, , London , WC2N 4ES | MAP
|Charing Cross (underground)
06 Jun 15 – 02 Jul 15, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
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