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The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky

Sir Andrew Davis, Graham Vick – With Nancy Gustafson, Yuri Marusin, Felicity Palmer – Glyndebourne Festival

The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky Sir Andrew Davis, Graham Vick – With Nancy Gustafson, Yuri Marusin, Felicity Palmer – Glyndebourne Festival


The unforgettable Nancy Gustavson gives life to Lisa, the unlucky lover of Hermann in the tragic story of The Queen of spades.

Herman, a young officer, is in love with an unknown woman from the nobility. The beautiful young lady eventually appears to be Lisa, the fiancée of Prince Yeletski, Herman's army friend. But Lisa is unhappy with this engagement imposed on her. She prefers the romantic personality of Herman. Herman and Lisa meet in secret and declare their undying love to each other. But Herman has no money. What to do? Lisa's grandmother, the Countess, is said to know the secret to win without fail at card games. Breaking into the old woman's room, Herman begs the Countess to reveal her secret. Terrified by the threatening young man, the Countess dies. Lisa, walking into the room, discovers her lover in front of her grandmother's corpse. Crying, she beseeches Hermann to leave at once. The Countess' ghost appears to Hermann, and reveals to the young man the secret: the three winning cards are three, seven and ace. After a last meeting with Hermann, Lisa realizes that there is no hope for to have the love she desires so jumps into the Neva. Herman, in a state of madness, goes to the casino and bets everything he owns. He loses everything. The last winning card was not an ace, but the queen of spades.

Inspired by the The Queen of spades written by Alexander Pushkin, Tchaikovski's opera was premiered in Saint Petersburg in 1890. The Queen of Spades is an intense work in which death seems to be the unavoidable outcome. The remarkable production by Graham Vick plunges the spectator into the desperate love struggle between the innocent Lisa and Hermann, a dark character who steadily advances towards madness.


  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Queen of Spades, Op. 68
    • I: Overture
    • I, 1: "Gori, gori, yasno" (chorus of children and nanny)
    • I, 1: "Chem konchilas vchera igra?" (Tchekalinsky and Surin)
    • I, 1: "Ya imeni yeyo ne znayu" (Herman)
    • I, 1: "A esli tak, skorey za delo!" (Herman, Tomsky)
    • I, 1: "Nakones-to Bog poslal nam solnechny denek" (Chorus of the promenaders)
    • I, 1: "A ty uveren, chto ona tebya ne zamechaet?" (Herman, Tomsky)
    • I, 1: "Schastlivy den, tebya, tebya blagoslovlyau" (duet of Eletsky and Hermann)
    • I, 1: "Mne strashno!" (quintet: Lisa, Hermann, Yeletsky, Countess, Tomsky)
    • I, 1: "Kakaya vedma eta grafinya"
    • I, 1: "Odnazhdy v Versale" (Tomsky's ballad)
    • I, 1: "Se non e vero"
    • I, 2: "Uzh vecher… Oblakov pomerknuli kraya" (duet of Liza and Pauline)
    • I, 2: "Obvorozhitel'no!" (chorus of Girl-friends)
    • I, 2: "Podrugi milye" (Pauline's air)
    • I, 2: "Nu-ka, svetik" (Pauline and chorus of Girl-friends)
    • I, 2: "Mesdemoiselles" (Governess)
    • I, 2: "Pora uzh raskhodit'sya" (Governess)
    • I, 2: "Otkuda eti slyozy" (Liza's air)
    • I, 2: "Ostanovites"
    • I, 2: "Prosti, nebesnoe sozdan'ye"
    • I, 2: "Liza, otvori!"
    • I, 2: "Kto, strastno lyubya, pridyot"
    • I, 2: "O, poschadi menya!"
    • Entracte
    • II, 1: "Radostno, veselo v den sey" (chorus)
    • II, 1: "Hozyain prosit dorogih gostey" (Master of Ceremonies)
    • II, 1: "Vy tak pechal'ny" (Yeletsky)
    • II, 1: "Ya vas lyublyu" (Yeletsky's air)
    • II, 1: "Posle predstavleniya zhdite menya v zale"
    • II, 1: Shepherd's sincerity (pastoral play)
    • II, 1: "Kto pylko I strastno lyubya!"
    • II, 2: "Vsyo tak, kak mne ona skazala" (Herman)
    • II, 2: "Shagi! Syuda idut!" (Herman)
    • II, 2: "Ah, postyl mne etot svet" (Countess)
    • II, 2: "Je crains de lui parler la nuit" (Countess)
    • II, 2: "Ne pugaytes!" (Herman)
    • II, 2: "Ona mertva! Sbylos!" (Herman)
    • Entracte
    • III, 1: "Ya ne veryu"
    • III, 1: "Mne strashno!" (Herman)
    • III, 1: "Ya prishla k tebe protiv voli" (Countess)
    • III, 2: "Uzh polnoch' blizitsya" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "Ah, istomilas ya gorem" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "A esli mne v otvet" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "Tak eto pravda!" (Liza)
    • III, 2: "O da, minovali stradan'ya"
    • III, 2: "Tam grudy zolota lezhat"
    • III, 3: "Budem pit' i veselitsya!" (chorus)
    • III, 3: "Dana! Gnu paroli!"
    • III, 3: "Yesli b milye devitsy" (Tomsky)
    • III, 3: "Tak v nenastnye dni" (chorus)
    • III, 3: "Za delo, gospoda, za karty!"
    • III, 3: "Chto nasha zhizn? Igra!" (Herman)
    • III, 3: "Idyot eschyo?"
    • III, 3: "Knyaz', knyaz', prosti menya!" (Herman)
    • III, 3: "Gospod'! Prosti emu!" (chorus)


  • Directed by:
    • Peter Maniura
  • Venue: Glyndebourne (Lewes, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 1992
  • Duration: 2 h 49 min
  • Production: © BBC & RM Arts & Glyndebourne Festival Productions Limited
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN

Associated event


  • Graham Vick | Stage director
  • Thomas Webster | Lighting
  • Richard Hudson | Set designer
  • Ron Howell | Choreographer
  • Yuri Marusin | Herman
  • Nancy Gustafson | Lisa
  • Felicity Palmer | The Countess
  • Sergei Leiferkus | Count Tomsky
  • Dimitri Kharitonov | Prince Yeletsky
  • Graeme Matheson-Bruce | Tchekalinsky
  • Andrew Slater | Surin
  • Robert Burt | Tchaplitsky
  • Christopher Thornton-Holmes | Narumov
  • Marie-Ange Todorovitch | Lisa's friend
  • Enid Hartle | The Governess
  • Anne Dawson | Chloë
  • Geoffrey Pogson | Master of Ceremonies
  • Rachael Tovey | Lisa's Maid

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