Pikovaya Dama


21/04/2020 - 09/05/2020

Pikovaya Dama

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When Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky wrote those words to his brother Modest in 1890, he didn’t yet know that history would prove him right. He composed Pikovaya Dama (The Queen of Spades) in a feverish burst of creative energy. In contrast with the work of the same name by Pushkin, in the opera Herman is torn between his feelings for Liza and a destructive idée fixe. The delusions of card games, an all-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.

Nathalie Stutzmann performed in our recital series in 2015; now, this will be her first time conducting at La Monnaie. Following up his Capriccio in 2016, director David Marton will once again provide us with a layered and historically informed reading. Did Tchaikovsky set his story one hundred years in the past, then Marton turns that idea upside down and sets his version of The Queen of Spades a hundred years later. In 1990, an entire societal system is at the brink of collapse in Russia, and once more we’re confronted with the same questions: who wins? Who loses? Does anyone even know the secretive rules to this game?

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