4th July

Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' Hoare, Dahl, Palmer and Pallesen from London

Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' is an opera to a Russian libretto by the composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky, based on a short story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin, but the plot was dramatically altered. During the reign of Catherine the Great (1762–96), children are at play in St. Petersburg's Summer Garden pretending to be soldiers. Two officers — Sourin and Chekalinsky — enter, the former complaining about his bad luck at gambling. Hermann: Peter Hoare.Lisa: Giselle Allen.Countess: Felicity Palmer.Prince Yeletsky: Nicholas Pallesen.Count Tomsky: Gregory Dahl.Pauline: Catherine Young.Tchenkalinsky: Colin Judson.Sourin: Wyn Pencarreg.Governess: Valerie Reid.Mascha: Katie Bird.Tchaplitsky: Peter Van Hulle.Narumov: Charles Johnston. English National Opera Chorus. English National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.

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