The Sunday Opera: Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades" from London's Royal Opera House
We’ll journey to 18th century St. Petersburg on this week’s Sunday Opera (7-7 3:00 p.m.) and a story of obsession in Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades” from London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. Hermann seems to be fascinated by gambling although he never gambles himself. However, after hearing about an aging countess who holds the secret to a winning three-card combination, he finds he cannot help but confront the old woman for her secret which begins his spiral into an obsession which results in death and ruin. Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes Aleksandrs Antonenko as Hermann, Felicity Palmer as the aging Countess, Eva-Maria Westbroek as her granddaughter Liza, who tragically falls in love with Hermann.
Join Michael Kownacky after the opera for more music of Tchaikovsky including a suite of music from his abandoned opera “Voyevoda” and the extremely popular Piano Concerto No. 1.