Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Production from 2022
Production La Monnaie / De Munt
“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?
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