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The Queen of Spades

Opera in three acts,
seven scenes


Music - Piotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto - Piotr Tchaikovsky after the novel by Alexander Pushkin
Stage director - Alexander Galibin
Set designer - Alexander Orlov

1999 version


Tchaikovsky’s opera The Queen of Spades, like his Sixth (Pathetique) Symphony,is the culmination of the master’s oeuvre and as such brings together many of the composer’s philosophical thoughts. Although the interwining of drama and poetry has always been one of the most striking features of Russian music, The Queen of Spadesshows a complete mastery in projecting and changing dramatic and psychological situations, fusing and bright cheerful music.
Written more than a century ago, in 1890, Tchaikovsky’s opera remains to this day one of the most enigmatic, mystical and portentous works in Russian musical history. The Queen ofSpades is like a riddle that every successive generation has attempted to solve.

THE QUEEN OF SPADES - Nikolay Putilin, Alexander Morozov The libretto of The Queen of Spades was written by the composer’s brother, Modest, after the novel of the same by Alexander Pushkin, Modest Tchaikivsky had starteddrawing from it a libretto for a young Moscow composer, Nikolai Klenovsky, before Piotr Tchaikovsky himself was attracted to it. Tchaikivsky began composing music to the librettoand got so carried away that he actually completed the piano score in a record 44 days.
The Queen of Spades was first staged at the Mariinsky Theatre on 19 December 1890. The premiere was conducted by Eduard Napravnik, with Nikolai and Medeia Figner performing the parts of Herman and Liza. The Queen of Spades was produced in Kiev only twelvedays after St. Petersburg premiere, and then in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theatre on 16November 1891. It received a favourable critical reaction and in 1892 was mounted at theNational Theatre in Prague.
The previous (sixth) production of The Queen of Spades at the Mariinsky Theatre waspremiered on 25 December 1984 (conductor and stage director Yury Temirkanov, set designerIgor Ivanov). This version remained in the Kirov repertoire for fifteen years and was one of the most memorable productions in the theatre’s repertoire in recent decades.
For over a century, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of clarity and conciseness has captured the imagination of successive Russian audiences. Now, in the 1998/99 season, the MariinskyOpera (conductor Valery Gergiev, stage director Alexander Galibin, set designer Alexander Orlov, chorus director Valery Borisov) is making its seventh attempt to solve the secret of the winning formula of the three cards.

THE QUEEN OF SPADES - Vasily Gerello, Galina Gorchakova
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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Artistic director - Valery Gergiev (Mariinky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet)

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