Herman is desperate to discover a secret which will guarantee him eternal wealth – the secret of the three cards. But when fate deals against him, desire turns to compulsion. Gripped by madness, he gambles with both love and life.
Opera North opens its first season at the Barbican with a prestigious new production conducted by Music Director Richard Farnes. Neil Bartlett directs the celebrated cast, including Dame Josephine Barstow, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts and Orla Boylan, in this gripping tale based on Pushkin’s classic novella.
A work of vast emotional scale, The Queen of Spades brims with drama and passion, displaying the full breadth of Tchaikovsky’s genius.
'...quietly establishing itself as the most distinctive UK opera company...’ Financial Times
Performance time: 19.15 Running time: 185 mins / incl interval
The Queen of Spades will be sung in English with English titles
By Tchaikovsky Conductor Richard Farnes Director Neil Bartlett Set and Costume Designer Kandis Cook Lighting Designer Chris Davey Choreographer Leah Hausman Translation Martin Pickard and Neil Bartlett