On September 23 and 24, the premiere of P. I. Tchaikovsky’s opera The Queen of Spades will take place at the Children’s Musical Theater Through the Looking Glass. The opera was staged by a tandem of theater leaders, People’s Artists of the Russian Federation – conductor Pavel Bubelnikov and director Alexander Petrov.
The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky is one of the most famous and widespread Russian operas in the world repertoire. The material is considered successful for both musical and stage comprehension. The score strikes with a multitude of unsolved mysteries, unrevealed meanings, undeciphered symbols.
The story of three cards, the mystery of fate and luck, love and fatalism, life and death, the dilemma of death and love, is interpreted by director Alexander Petrov and set designer Semyon Pastukh as a phantasmagoric image of St. Petersburg. Petersburg will appear outside the recognizable urban realities – as an element of reflections, as a mirror pool, as a world of unsteady dreams of strange people living here.
For Through the Looking-Glass, the production of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades is especially important. From the first years of the theater’s existence, the play “Children’s Album” with the music of the piano cycle of the same name by Tchaikovsky has been staged, in recent years the theater’s repertoire has been adorned with “Iolanta” and “Eugene Onegin”.
Leading soloists of “Through the Looking Glass” are engaged in the performance. Dmitry Kalyaka will perform as Herman.