Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' from Rome

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Teatro dell’Opera, Rome Teatro dell’Opera, Rome (Fred Plotkin/WQXR)
Operavore

Tchaikovsky's take on Alexander Pushkin's groundbreaking short story is every bit as bleak as the original. When the flawed hero Hermann meets Lisa, the granddaughter of an elder countess, the two instantly fall in love and he's overjoyed. But that love gets tangled up with obsessive greed and superstitions. Tchaikovsky gives Hermann every chance to live a meaningful and satisfying life, which in turn makes his self-destruction feel wildly irrational and sadly unnecessary.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents The Queen of Spades from the Rome Opera, with tenor Maksim Aksenov as Hermann and soprano Oksana Dyka as Lisa, in a production led by conductor Paolo Arrivabeni.

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Cast:

Hermann: Maksim Aksenov (tenor)
Lisa: Oksana Dyka (soprano)
Countess: Elena Zaremba (mezzo-soprano)
Yeletsky: Vitaliy Bilyy (baritone)
Tomsky: Tómas Tómasson (baritone)
Chekalinsky: Vadim Zaplechny (tenor)
Surin: Mikhail Korobeinikov (bass)
Pauline: Elena Maximova (mezzo-soprano)

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Paolo Arrivabeni, conductor

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