OPERA
THE QUEEN OF SPADES (Pikovaja dama)
Petr Iljič Čajkovskij
Premiere Dec 19, 2020, 6.30 PM
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
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THE QUEEN OF SPADES (Pikovaja dama)

Petr Iljič Čajkovskij

Premiere Dec 19, 2020, 6.30 PM - Antonín Dvořák Theatre

Opera in three acts from 1890

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Libretto by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1850–1916)
based on the novella of the same name by Alexander S. Pushkin (1799–1837)
Musical preparation Martin Doubravský
Stage director Tibor Torell

“At that moment it appeared to him, that the queen of spades winked and laughed. The extraordinary resemblance struck him... ‘The old woman!’ - he cried in terror…”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed The Queen of Spades in 1980 during a short and intensive creative period. He asked his brother to write the libretto based on the Pushkin’s known novella of the same name. The main theme is a story of an elderly countess, who knows the secret of the tree winning cards, and officer Herman, who is literally obsessed with gaining the secret and get rich, whatever the price. Another main character is countess’ grand-daughter Liza with whom Herman is in love. In the end, it is Herman who kills the countess when trying to wheedle the secret out of her, and the plot ends with a disaster – Liza falls down to a river and the main character stabs himself after losing a card game. This opera belongs to world opera masterpieces. Tchaikovsky perfectly depicted characters and situations within the story, which culminate in Herman’s madness in the last act. Although the opera premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in Petrograd (conducted by Czech Eduard Nápravník, who performed in Petrograd at that time), the opera became famous after its staging at the National Theatre in October 1892, when Tchaikovsky visited Prague. Let’s remember that it was the first staging of this piece outside Russian boundaries.
The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre introduces the opera in eighth rendition. Moreover, Czech-born German conductor Tibor Torell, who belongs to the remarkable figures of German contemporary opera scene, introduces himself here for the first time as well.a
 
Performed in the Russian original with Czech and English subtitles

Premieres on 19 and 20 December 2020 at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre
 
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Next show dates
Dec 19, 2020
6.30 PM
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
Dec 20, 2020
4.00 PM
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
Dec 22, 2020
6.30 PM
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
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Date Time Stage Type Detail Tickets
Dec 19, 2020 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatrePremiereshow detailtickets
Dec 20, 2020 4.00 PMAntonín Dvořák Theatre2nd premiereshow detailtickets
Dec 22, 2020 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detailtickets
Dec 29, 2020 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detailtickets
Jan 14, 2021 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Jan 27, 2021 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Feb 3, 2021 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Feb 24, 2021 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Mar 24, 2021 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail
Mar 26, 2021 6.30 PMAntonín Dvořák TheatreRepetitionshow detail