A Dark Lady
Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades'
appeals to GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Pikovaya dama (generally translated into English as either as Pique Dame or as The Queen of Spades) is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's penultimate opera. Musicologist Richard Tarusking considers it as 'the first and possibly the greatest masterpiece of musical surrealism'. The quotation is especially appropriate to the production I saw and heard in Rome's Teatro dell'Opera on 19 June 2015. This is not a brand new production — I remember experiencing it in a slightly different form in February 2002 at the Teatro Comunale of Ferrara — but a joint effort which began at Welsh National Opera, co-produced with Den Norske Opera (Oslo), the Opera Houses of Bologna and Rome and the Canadian Opera Company...
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