Tchaikovsky - THE QUEEN OF SPADES 'What is life? A game!' Renowned director Stefan Herheim stages Tchaikovsky's much-loved opera. Tchaikovsky - THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Duration: 03:01:16"


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‘What is life? A game!’ Renowned director Stefan Herheim directs Tchaikovsky’s much-loved opera about a young man who, for the prospect of earthly wealth, gambles away his chance for love and happiness.

It took Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky only 44 days to write the score of THE QUEEN OF SPADES. ‘It seems to me that this is my best work ever’, writes the composer once the score is finished.

After EUGENE ONEGIN, THE QUEEN OF SPADES is Tchaikovsky’s second adaptation of a text by the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. It is Tchaikovsky’s brother Modest who reworks Pushkin’s short story into a libretto.



Liza loves Herman, a young officer. But the latter wants to draw a secret from her grandmother, the old Countess: How is it that she is such a successful gambler? Herman confronts her and forces her to reveal her secret, menacing her with a revolver. The Countess dies from the shock. It is her ghost that later appears before the young officer and gives away the fatal sequence of cards: three, seven, ace…

After EUGENE ONEGIN in 2011, it is the second time that Stefan Herheim returns to Dutch National Opera to direct a Tchaikovsky opera. Herheim’s productions are famous for their multi-layered levels of interpretation. In THE QUEEN OF SPADES, the director attempts to reflect on the composer’s life, notably his hidden love for men.

Dutch National Opera’s former Music Director Mariss Jansons, who has worked with Herheim on the Amsterdam EUGENE ONEGIN, returns to conduct THE QUEEN OF SPADES. Tenor Misha Didyk, a much sought after interpreter of the Russian repertoire, makes his Amsterdam debut in the role of Herman...


Misha Didyk - Herman
Alexey Markov - Count Tomsky, Plutus
Vladimir Stoyanov - Prince Yeletsky
Andrei Popov - Chekalinsky
Andrii Goniukov - Surin
Mikhail Makarov - Chaplitsky
Anatoli Sivko - Narumov
Larissa Diadkova - The Countess
Svetlana Aksenova - Liza
Anna Goryachova - Polina, Daphnis
Olga Savova - The governess
Maria Fiselier - Masha
Pelageya Kurennaya - Chloe
Morschi Franz - Master of Ceremonies
Christiaan Kuyvenhoven - The pianist, the actor
Choir: Chorus of Dutch National Opera, Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor
Orchestra: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Composer: Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Modest Ilich Tchaikovsky
Music director: Mariss Jansons
Director: Stefan Herheim
Choir director: Ching-Lien Wu, Caro Kindt
Sets: Philipp Fürhofer
Lighting: Bernd Purkrabek
Costumes: Philipp Fürhofer
Dramaturge: Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach

Available until

20 December 2016 at 23h59 CET


The Opera Platform presents Tchaikovsky – THE QUEEN OF SPADES from Dutch National Opera. Starting 24 June 2016 at 16h30 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


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