The Queen of Spades, 2012
Poster for The Queen Of Spades (2012)

About the production

Bath Opera's main production for 2012 was Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades.

Performances were given at the Wroughton Theatre on 16th 17th and 18th February 2012.

Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades is an opera which seems to have fired the composer’s enthusiasm like no other. His correspondence shows that he was extremely proud of this musical masterpiece which is based on a short story by Pushkin. He composed the work in a torrent of creativity whilst staying in Florence . Such was the urgency with which Tchaikovsky composed that his brother Modest, who wrote the libretto, couldn’t keep up with him. As Modest was still in Moscow the two brothers conducted a frantic exchange of letters which provides a detailed record of how the work developed.

Tchaikovsky operas may not be known for their jolly music but in this work the many chorus numbers are just that - extremely jolly, upbeat and downright rollicking good fun. The contrast this creates with the three main characters as they unfold their deeply psychological drama is truly gripping

This fully staged production moves the plot to modern day Russia where the movers, shakers and oligarchs rub shoulders in an exclusive Black Sea holiday resort at which gambling is the game and everyone is at the Casino to try their luck….by fair means or foul.

Bath Opera was supported by a large orchestra with around 80 musicians on stage in this large scale production

Tom Magnone sings the role of Hermann
Leonie Martin sings his desperate lover Lisa
Alexandra Denman is the brooding, enigmatic ‘Queen of Spades’
Niall Hoskin is Prince Yeletsky the jilted lover
Edward Harper as Tomsky, Philip Styles as Chekalinsky and Anthony Sanchez as Surin are three high rolling gamblers
Children's chorus trained by the Curtain Up Theatre School
Director: Neil Kirkman
Conductor: Peter Blackwood

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