Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades

Gilbert Deflo (stage director), Michael Boder (conductor) – With Misha Didyk (Hermann), Emily Magee (Liza) and Ludovic Tézier (Prince Yeletsky) – Gran Teatre del Liceu

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Gilbert Deflo — Stage director

William Orlandi — Set and costume design

Albert Faura — Lighting designer

Nadejda L. Loujine — Choreographer

Misha Didyk — Hermann

Emily Magee — Liza

Lado Ataneli — Count Tomsky / Zlatogor

Ludovic Tézier — Prince Yeletsky

Elena Zaremba — Polina

Ewa Podleś — Countess

Mikhaïl Vekua — Chaplitsky

Francisco Vas — Chekalinsky

Claudia Schneider — Masha

Kurt Gysen — Narumov

Alberto Feria — Surin

Stefania Toczyska — Governess

Jon Plazaola — Master of Ceremonies

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Discover the version of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades directed by Gilbert Deflo at the Liceu de Barcelona in 2010 with Misha Didyk, Ludovic Tézier and Ewa Podles. Michael Boder conducts the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

The Queen of Spades is an opera in three acts composed by Tchaikovsky in 1890, based on the libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky, the composer's brother. The opera is very loosely inspired by Pushkin's short story of the same name. The story unfolds in Saint Petersburg at the end of the 18th century. Hermann is no longer Pushkin's cynical and grotesque character, but a great romantic hero madly in love with Lisa – and with gambling... The Tchaikovsky brothers were criticised for betraying the spirit of Pushkin's work. They did, however, create a tremendous, surprisingly complex hero.

Gilbert Deflo's interpretation of the piece has been widely praised. The decor and costumes accurately recreate an 18th-century atmosphere. Ostentatious luxury emanates from the bedroom, the games room and the ballroom, with its many chandeliers and colonnades. This Catalan production's vocal distribution includes the tenor Misha Didyk in the role of Hermann – he plays a cold and cynical character, similar to Pushkin's original Hermann. In the role of Lisa, Emily Magee employs her soprano voice with ease. The chorus and dancers play a crucial part in the staging and contribute to a spectacular display of costumes.

Photo: © Antoni Bofill

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