Either I am horribly mistaken, Modya, or this opera is a masterpiece.
When Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky wrote those words to his brother Modest in 1890, he didn’t know yet that history would prove him right. He composed The Queen of Spades, for which his brother wrote the libretto, in a feverish burst of creative energy. Unlike in the work of the same name by Pushkin, Hermann in the opera is torn between his feelings for Lisa and a destructive idée fixe. The delusions of card games, a consuming passion and the menace of fate are among the elements that Tchaikovsky uses to depict poetic moments that contrast with extravagant scenes set in high society. Do the fears and neuroses of the characters in The Queen of Spades have a particular resonance with our age? This is what the director David Marton, who previously staged Capriccio at La Monnaie, will set out to explore. Nathalie Stutzmann performed in our recital series in 2015; this will be her first time conducting at La Monnaie.
Set designCHRISTIAN FRIEDLÄNDER CostumesPOLA KARDUM LightingHENNING STRECK DramaturgyLUCIEN STRAUCH Chorus masterCHRISTOPH HEIL
HermannDMITRY GOLOVNIN Count Tomsky - ZlatogorLAURENT NAOURI Prince YeletskyJACQUES IMBRAILO CountessANNE SOFIE VON OTTER LisaANNA NECHAEVA Polina - MilovzorCHARLOTTE HELLEKANT ChekalinskyALEXANDER KRAVETS SurinMISCHA SCHELOMIANSKI Chaplitsky / Master of CeremonyMAXIME MELNIK * NarumovJUSTIN HOPKINS GovernessMIREILLE CAPELLE Masha - PrilepaEMMA POSMAN *
* MM Laureate
Pianist on stageALFREDO ABBATI
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
La Monnaie Choral Academy and Children's and Youth Choirs, led by Benoît Giaux
ProductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIEWith the support ofLOTERIE NATIONALE
In co-production with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of Taxshelter.be and ING
With the support of the Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter