Concert will begin at 00:30 hours GMT
Met's encore stream: Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' with Gorchakova and Hvorostovsky from New York
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 — Tsurin and Chekalinsky — enter, the former complaining about his bad luck at gambling.
Performers: Galina Gorchakova, Elisabeth Söderström, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Nikolai Putilin.
Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
Recorded 15 April 1999.