Tag Archives: The Queen of Spades

Plums and turkeys: a musical voyage around 2016

Most people I know cannot wait to see the back of 2016. But in the year in which Brexit, Trump and the Grim Reaper were the big winners, I admit to having had a terrific twelve months. A whirl of … Continue reading

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Caged bird: Tchaikovsky stars in Herheim’s remarkable Pique Dame at Dutch National Opera

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades ***** Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, 9th June 2016 “Wept terribly when Hermann gave up the ghost,” wrote Tchaikovsky in his diary. What was it that drove the composer to identify so closely with such an … Continue reading

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Carte blanche: A muddled Queen of Spades from David Alden at ENO

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades *** English National Opera, 6th June 2015 “What if there is no secret? And all this is but the vain delirium of my sick spirit?” Hermann’s lines as he steals into the Countess’ bedroom give … Continue reading

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