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opera Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades Benedict Andrews (stage director), Aziz Shokhakimov (conductor) — With Asmik Grigorian (Liza), Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann), Roman Burdenko (Count Tomsky) …

Benedict Andrews (stage director), Aziz Shokhakimov (conductor) — With Asmik Grigorian (Liza), Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann), Roman Burdenko (Count Tomsky) …

Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades Benedict Andrews (stage director), Aziz Shokhakimov (conductor) — With Asmik Grigorian (Liza), Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann), Roman Burdenko (Count Tomsky) …

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What drives us to submit to the unknown, to forget what we once felt, to abandon our conception of who we are? Tchaikovsky's operatic adaptation of Pushkin's Gothic tale par excellence has never looked or sounded better than in this new staging from the Bavarian State Opera, featuring the 2023 Opus Klassik Singer of the Year, Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian, as Liza! Her 2022 turn in the same role at La Scala "[crowned] the evening," with the "outstanding" Grigorian, "at full throttle both vocally and dramatically… making a direct connection with the audience" (Bachtrack). The cast also features renowned American tenor Brandon Jovanovich in the lead role of Hermann and the legendary Violeta Urmana as the Countess, whose secret drives Hermann to obsession and a tragic end for all.

This brand-new production from one of the world's greatest opera houses is conducted by young maestro Aziz Shokhakimov (music director of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra) and directed by Benedict Andrews, an artist of bold vision who has also won acclaim for his work on the theatre stage and the silver screen.

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Photo: Asmik Grigorian © Wilfried Hösl

Cast

  • Benedict Andrews | Stage director
  • Rufus Didwiszus | Set designer
  • Victoria Behr | Costume designer
  • Jon Clark | Lighting
  • Klevis Elmazaj | Choreographer
  • Olaf Roth | Dramaturgy
  • Asmik Grigorian | Liza
  • Brandon Jovanovich | Hermann
  • Roman Burdenko | Count Tomsky
  • Boris Pinkhasovich | Prince Yeletsky
  • Violeta Urmana | Countess
  • Kevin Conners | Chekalinsky
  • Bálint Szabó | Surin
  • Tansel Akzeybek | Chaplitsky
  • Nikita Volkov | Narumov
  • Aleksey Kursanov | Master of Ceremonies
  • Victoria Karkacheva | Polina
  • Natalie Lewis | Governess
  • Daria Proszek | Masha
  • Chor und Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
  • Christoph Heil | Chorus Master
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Aziz Shokhakimov | Conductor

Program

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, Op. 68
    • I: Overture
    • I, 1: "Gori, gori, yasno" (chorus of children and nanny)
    • I, 1: "Chem konchilas vchera igra?" (Tchekalinsky and Surin)
    • I, 1: "Ya imeni yeyo ne znayu" (Herman)
    • I, 1: "A esli tak, skorey za delo!" (Herman, Tomsky)
    • I, 1: "Nakones-to Bog poslal nam solnechny denek" (Chorus of the promenaders)
    • I, 1: "A ty uveren, chto ona tebya ne zamechaet?" (Herman, Tomsky)
    • I, 1: "Schastlivy den, tebya, tebya blagoslovlyau" (duet of Eletsky and Hermann)
    • I, 1: "Mne strashno!" (quintet: Lisa, Hermann, Yeletsky, Countess, Tomsky)
    • I, 1: "Kakaya vedma eta grafinya"
    • I, 1: "Odnazhdy v Versale" (Tomsky's ballad)
    • I, 1: "Se non e vero"
    • I, 2: "Uzh vecher… Oblakov pomerknuli kraya" (duet of Liza and Pauline)
    • I, 2: "Obvorozhitel'no!" (chorus of Girl-friends)
    • I, 2: "Podrugi milye" (Pauline's air)
    • I, 2: "Nu-ka, svetik" (Pauline and chorus of Girl-friends)
    • I, 2: "Mesdemoiselles" (Governess)
    • I, 2: "Pora uzh raskhodit'sya" (Governess)
    • I, 2: "Otkuda eti slyozy" (Liza's air)
    • I, 2: "Ostanovites"
    • I, 2: "Prosti, nebesnoe sozdan'ye"
    • I, 2: "Liza, otvori!"
    • I, 2: "Kto, strastno lyubya, pridyot"
    • I, 2: "O, poschadi menya!"
    • II, 1: "Radostno, veselo v den sey" (chorus)
    • II, 1: "Hozyain prosit dorogih gostey" (Master of Ceremonies)
    • II, 1: "Vy tak pechal'ny" (Yeletsky)
    • II, 1: "Ya vas lyublyu" (Yeletsky's air)
    • II, 1: "Posle predstavleniya zhdite menya v zale"
    • II, 1: Shepherd's sincerity (pastoral play)
    • II, 1: "Kto pylko I strastno lyubya!"
    • II, 2: "Vsyo tak, kak mne ona skazala" (Herman)
    • II, 2: "Shagi! Syuda idut!" (Herman)
    • II, 2: "Ah, postyl mne etot svet" (Countess)
    • II, 2: "Je crains de lui parler la nuit" (Countess)
    • II, 2: "Ne pugaytes!" (Herman)
    • II, 2: "Ona mertva! Sbylos!" (Herman)
    • III, 1: "Ya ne veryu"
    • III, 1: "Mne strashno!" (Herman)
    • III, 1: "Ya prishla k tebe protiv voli" (Countess)
    • III, 2: "Uzh polnoch' blizitsya" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "Ah, istomilas ya gorem" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "A esli mne v otvet" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "Tak eto pravda!" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "O da, minovali stradan'ya"
    • III, 2: "Tam grudy zolota lezhat"
    • III, 3: "Budem pit' i veselitsya!" (chorus)
    • III, 3: "Dana! Gnu paroli!"
    • III, 3: "Yesli b milye devitsy" (Tomsky)
    • III, 3: "Tak v nenastnye dni" (chorus)
    • III, 3: "Za delo, gospoda, za karty!"
    • III, 3: "Chto nasha zhizn? Igra!" (Herman)
    • III, 3: "Idyot eschyo?"
    • III, 3: "Knyaz', knyaz', prosti menya!" (Herman)
    • III, 3: "Gospod'! Prosti emu!" (chorus)

Details

  • Venue: Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich, Germany)
  • Production date: 2024
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min
  • Production: © Bel Air Media
  • Available version(s): RU
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