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Pique dame Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

This show was to been seen in June 2016

THIS PERFORMANCE CONTAINS THE USE OF STROBE LIGHTING

TCHAIKOVSKY'S HIDDEN DESIRES

Duration 3:15

By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Language Russian

Surtitles English & Dutch

The second Russian opera in the anniversary season, and one of the highlights of the Holland Festival, is Tchaikovsky's Pique dame. The compelling opera was composed in a period of turmoil for Tchaikovsky about himself and his homosexuality. His hidden desires come to the fore in the stirring music.

In short

Director Stefan Herheim gives an exciting visualisation of how Tchaikovsky’s unspeakable homosexuality and passion rises through the music to the surface of the story of gambling and love. The life he has acted and forfeited is played out against the drama.

The story in a nutshell
The protagonist Hermann stakes everything on gambling, in the belief that he knows a secret formula that will prevent him from losing at cards. This is not the case, however, and Herman commits suicide. He thus becomes the third victim of his own compulsive gambling behaviour – after the old Countess, who was supposed to know the secret, and Lisa, who was in love with him.

This poignant opera classic, which has been an audience favourite ever since its world premiere, is one of the highlights of the Holland Festival!

Watch the trailer of Pique dame here.
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Background

Pique dame, the second Russian opera in Dutch National Opera’s anniversary season, is a new production. In his productions, director Stefan Herheim always puts the opera in a more contemporary setting, linking the past to the present, or in this case to another reality: that of Tchaikovsky. This approach maximises the relevance of the work. Herheim has previously guested with DNO for the opera Eugene Onegin.

  • Stefan Herheim

    director

    STEFAN HERHEIM has a musical background, as he studied cello in Oslo and toured Norway with his Puppet Opera Company. Herheim is one of today’s most sought-after and celebrated opera directors, with a repertoire stretching from the Baroque to contemporary works.

    Mariss Jansons

    Musical director

    MARISS JANSONS, who was born in Latvia, studied violin and conducting in Leningrad, after which he went on to study in Vienna and Salzburg with Hans Swarovsky and Herbert von Karajan.

    Team, Cast and Chorus

    Musical Director 
    Mariss Jansons
    Stage Director 
    Stefan Herheim
    Decor and costumes 
    Philipp Fürhofer
    Dramaturgy 
    Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach
    Lighting 
    Bernd Purkrabek
    Orchestra 
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Chorus 
    Chorus of Dutch National Opera
    Rehearsals 
    Ching-Lien Wu
    Children's chorus 
    Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor
    Rehearsals children's chorus 
    Caro Kindt
    Hermann 
    Misha Didyk
    Graaf Tomski/Plutus 
    Alexey Markov
    Vorst Jeletski 
    Vladimir Stoyanov
    Tsjekalinski 
    Andrei Popov
    Soerin 
    Andrii Goniukov
    Tsjaplitski 
    Mikhail Makarov
    Naroemov 
    Anatoli Sivko
    Countess 
    Larissa Diadkova
    Liza 
    Svetlana Aksenova
    Polina/Daphnis 
    Anna Goryachova
    Governess 
    Olga Savova
    Masja 
    Maria Fiselier
    Chloë 
    Pelageya Kurennaya
    master of ceremonies 
    Morschi Franz
    Pianist/actor 
    Christiaan Kuyvenhoven

    Creation

    Main roles
    Misha Didyk is making his debut with Dutch National Opera as Hermann. In the role of Lisa, Svetlana Ignatovich is making her return, following her great success as Fevronia in The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh.

    Music

    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is led by its former principal conductor Mariss Jansons. This combination previously made a great impression with Lady Macbeth by Mtsensk and Eugene Onegin, and will now close the series of three great Russian masterpieces with Pikovaja dama.

    Nearly every year since 1988, Mariss Jansons has conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he was principal conductor from the 2003-2004 season to the 2014-2015 season. He has also conducted the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic and big orchestras in the United States.

    SIGNING SESSION

     

    On Sunday 12 June and 3 July, after the performance of Pique dame, the soloist Misha Didyk (Hermann) will be at the shop to sign your purchases.

    This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance!

    Coproduction with: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London