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Dutch National Opera: Pique Dame
June 28 & 30 & July 3
Dutch National Opera: Pique Dame(2018)
PIQUE DAME (THE QUEEN OF SPADES)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam
Recorded in 2016
Opera in 3 acts
Sung in Russian with English subtitles
Running Time: 03:01:15h, one intermission

As one of the highlights of the Holland Festival, renowned director Stefan Herheim staged Tchaikovsky’s much-loved opera about a young man who, for the prospect of earthly wealth, gambles away his chance for love and happiness.

The protagonist Hermann stakes everything on gambling, in the belief that there has to be a secret formula that will prevent him from losing at cards. He wants to draw the secret from his girlfriend Lisa’s grandmother, the old Countess: How is it that she is such a successful gambler? Herman confronts her and forces her to reveal her secret, menacing her with a revolver. The Countess dies from the shock. It is her ghost that later appears before the young officer and gives away the fatal sequence of cards: three, seven, ace. Having lost everything, Hermann commits suicide, thus becoming the third victim of his own compulsive gambling behavior – after the old Countess, who was supposed to know the secret, and Lisa, who was in love with him. The score of Pique Dame was written by Tchaikovsky within only 44 days, in a period of turmoil about himself and his homosexuality. Herheim, whose stagings are famous for their multi-layered levels of interpretation, attempts to reflect on the composer’s hidden love for men.

Former Music Director Mariss Jansons returns to Amsterdam to conduct Pique Dame at the Dutch National Opera with “his” Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He encounters a noteworthy cast, including star tenor Misha Didyk, a sought after interpreter of the Russian repertoire, who is making his Amsterdam debut in the role of Herman. The critics agree about the production’s quality: “A Pique Dame of extraordinary musical and scenic power” (Avant-Scène Opéra), which it is “absolutely worth seeing!” (Die Welt).

CREATIVE TEAM

Conductor Mariss Jansons
Stage Director Stefan Herheim
Decor and costumes Philipp Fürhofer
Dramaturgy Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach
Lighting Bernd Purkrabek
Chorus Masters Ching-Lien Wu, Caro Kindt
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Chorus Chorus of Dutch National Opera

ARTISTIC TEAM

Herman Misha Didyk
Count Tomsky/Plutus Markov
Prince Yeletsky Vladimir Stoyanov
Chekalinsky Andrei Popov
Surin Andrii Goniukov
Chaplitsky Mikhail Makarov
Narumov Anatoli Sivko
The Countess Larissa Diadkova
Liza Svetlana Aksenova
Polina/Daphnis Anna Goryachova

Alceste - Dal Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
July 26 & 28 & 31
Alceste - Dal Teatro La Fenice di Venezia(2018)
Christoph Willibald Gluck

Teatro La Fenice, Venice
Recorded in 2015
Opera in 3 acts. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes, one intermission.

Pier Luigi Pizzi’s new prestigious production of Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck to mark the three hundredth anniversary of the composer’s birth (Erasbach, Baveria 1714 – Vienna 1787). Musical direction by Guillaume Tourniaire; cast: Carmela Remigio as Alceste, Marlin Miller Admeto.

An exponent of early Viennese classicism, Christoph Willibald Gluck played a decisive role in the reform and simplification of opera seria, which was suffering a period of decline in the eighteenth century. A key piece in this reform, together with the more famous Orfeo ed Euridice is Alceste, which portrays the heartbreaking story narrated by Euripides: King Admetus is dying and his wife, Alceste offers Apollo her own life in exchange for that of her beloved. The god is moved by this act of extreme devotion and allows the woman to return from the underworld. There are two versions of this opera, one with an Italian libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi, which debuted at the Burgtheater in 1767, and one in French, which was performed in Paris in 1776.

CREATIVE TEAM
Conductor Guillaume Tourniaire
Director Pier Luigi Pizzi
Light Designer Vincenzo Raponi
Choreography Roberto Pizzuto
Chorus Master Claudio Marino Moretti
Orchestra & Chorus
Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro La Fenice

ARTISTIC TEAM
Admeto Marlin Miller
Alceste Carmela Remigio
Eumelo Ludovico Furlani
Aspasia Anita Teodoro
Evandro Giorgio Misseri
Ismene Zuzana Marková