Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades

Hans Neuenfels (stage director), Mariss Jansons (conductor) – With Brandon Jovanovich, Evgenia Muraveva, Vladislav Sulimsky...

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Hans Neuenfels — Stage director

Christian Schmidt — Stage sets

Reinhard von der Thannen — Costumes

Stefan Bolliger — Lighting

Nicolas Humbert — Video

Martin Otter — Video

Teresa Rotemberg — Choreographer

Yvonne Gebauer — Dramaturgy

Brandon Jovanovich — Hermann

Vladislav Sulimsky — Count Tomsky/ Plutus

Igor Golovatenko — Prince Yeletsky

Evgenia Muraveva — Liza

Oksana Volkova — Polina / Daphnis

Hanna Schwarz — Countess

Alexander Kravets — Chekalinsky

Stanislav Trofimov — Surin

Gleb Peryazev — Narumov

Program notes

Lonely souls gamble for a better life in Tchaikovsky’s operatic interpretation of Pushkin’s melancholic 1833 novella The Queen of Spades. Set in late 18th century St. Petersburg, the work explores the downward spiral of a young army officer as he becomes obsessed with learning the secret of an elderly countess, famed in her youth as the ‘muscovite Venus’ and as an unbeatable adversary at the gaming table. Stage director Hans Neuenfels joined forces with maestro Mariss Jansons at the head of the Wiener Philharmoniker for the 2018 Salzburg Festival’s production of this late Romantic masterpiece of Russian opera.

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