Tchaikovsky's fantastic tragedy with
Australian tenor Stuart Skelton in the leading role.
Tchaikovsky's fantastic tragedy moves in the aristocratic salons
of 18th-century St Petersburg. There's an angry young man - a
damaged soul. There's the beautiful young woman he desires. And
there's an obsession - gambling at cards. The secret to success is
held by an aged countess, the "Queen of Spades". But, despite
ghostly interventions, it all ends badly and it wouldn't be opera
without a double suicide.
The last time Sydney audiences experienced this opera was in
1979 in a production by the Australian Opera. Now Ashkenazy brings
a concert version to the stage of the Concert Hall.
Pre-concert talk by David Garrett in the Northern Foyer, 45
minutes before the performance.
"Tchaikovsky was always very open-hearted and
communicative in his music, but the tragic elements of his life and
personality can be clearly seen in his compositions; particularly
in his Sixth Symphony, in some parts of "Manfred" and in
'The Queen of Spades'".
"He has a very melodious and very Russian way
of writing for the voice - it's incredibly moving and quite
"Ashkenazy agrees that Tchaikovsky's melodic
gift was beyond comparison in whichever genre he chose to write
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