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The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Pushkin Novella (full)

The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)

Story & Setting:

Tchaikovsky and his brother Modest created the libretto for this luxurious Russian opera, based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin. The story explores the repercussions of addiction and obsession against the backdrop of St. Petersburg during the later reign of Catherine the Great.

Opera Notes:

Usually associated with his symphonies and ballets, Tchaikovsky’s prowess in vocal writing is on display throughout this complex opera. The score soars through brilliant highs and dramatically dark lows, finding extreme orchestral colors to showcase the diversity in the vocal parts. Many of the arias and ensembles in this piece are well-known to Russian audiences, and are given a rare performance in the U.S. at the Met this season.

Sung in

Russian

Length: 

3 hours & 35 minutes

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Watch/Listen

"Akh! istomilas ya gorem" (Lise Davidsen)

Met Opera (current production)


Act 2 Finale - Plácido Domingo & Elisabeth Söderström

Met Opera (current production)