SF Opera Presents Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
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The last date listed for Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades was Friday July 1, 2005 / 7:30pm.
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Sung in Russian with English Supertitles.
Inspired by another Pushkin work, Tchaikovsky composed The Queen of Spades, 12 years after Eugene Onegin, drawing on his own identification with complex and tormented characters to craft an opera packed with action and ambiance.
Swedish soprano Katarina Dalayman, another Rosenberg discovery, has been making headlines around the world for what the Sunday Times (London) calls her “thrilling attack and arresting brilliance of tone.”
Gherman wishes to win the love of Lisa but is even more intent on getting rich by extracting the secret of the three playing cards from her grandmother, the Countess. The Countess dies without revealing the secret, but Gherman sees a vision of the cards in his dreams. As his obsession grows, it overwhelms his love and causes him to risk everything on one final, fateful hand of cards.
About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Opera
A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953). Merola and his successor as general director, Kurt Herbert Adler, established a formidable institution heralded for its first-rate productions and roster of international opera stars. The landmark War Memorial Opera House has been the Company’s home since October 15, 1932.
After Adler’s tenure, the Company was led by Terence A. McEwen (1982–1988), Lotfi Mansouri (1988–2001), and Pamela Rosenberg (2001–2005). In January 2006 David Gockley became the Opera’s sixth general director after more than 30 years at the helm of Houston Grand Opera. That May, Gockley took opera to the center of the community with a free outdoor simulcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Subsequent simulcasts, including seven at AT&T Park, have collectively drawn nearly 200,000 opera fans. Created in 2007 the Koret-Taube Media Suite has enabled the Company to produce simulcasts and other projects including OperaVision (screens providing HD close-up shots for patrons in balcony seats), the Grand Opera Cinema Series in theaters and performing arts centers, an annual series of KQED telecasts, and releases of DVDs and Blu-Rays of recent performances. Regular San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts returned to national and international airwaves in 2007.
Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti, one of the opera world’s most exciting conductors, has been music director since the fall of 2009.