Royal Opera House: The Queen of Spades

Tchaikovsky's most ambitious Opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study of destructive obsession.

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 fivestar 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.

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet
repertory, with its emotional depth,
haunting imagery, and one of the
most demanding roles ever created
for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan
choreographed a complex work around
the psychologically tormented heir to the
Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf.
From the ballet’s start, the glamour of
the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted
with undercurrents of sexual and political
intrigue that drive the story to its violent
climax in a double suicide. The large
cast allows for impressive ensembles
in addition to the ballet's many solos of
distinctive character and pas de deux of
disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting
with intensity, madness and passion,
proves that sometimes the truth is more

scandalous than fiction.

 

 

MUSIC PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

DIRECTOR STEFAN HERHEIM

CONDUCTOR ANTONIO PAPPANO

GHERMAN ALEKSANDRS ANTONENKO

PRINCE YELETSKY VLADIMIR STOYANOV

COUNTESS FELICITY PALMER

LIZA EVA-MARIA WESTBROEK

  • Tickets from: £13.50 - £16.00
  • Running Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes including one interval
  • Showing Times: Tuesday 22nd January at 6.45pm
  • Genre: Opera
  • First showing: 22/01/2019
  • Last showing: 22/01/2019
  • Language: SUNG IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES