The Queen of Spades

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Composer:

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Librettist:

Modest Tchaikovsky

Premiere:

19 December 1890, St Peterburg (Marjinsky Theatre)

Language:

Russian

Synopsis:

The Queen of Spades Synopsis

Libretto:

The Queen of Spades Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

About the opera The Queen of Spades

The Queen of Spades, Op. 68 (Russian: Pikovaya dama, French: Pique Dame) is an opera in 3 acts (7 scenes) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to a Russian libretto by the composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky, based on a short story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. The premiere took place in 1890 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The management of the Imperial Theatre offered a commission to Tchaikovsky to write an opera based on the plot sketch by Ivan Vsevolozhsky in 1887/88. After turning it down initially, Tchaikovsky accepted it in 1889. Toward the end of that year, he met with the theater's managers to discuss the material and sketch out some of the scenes.

He completed the full score of the opera in Florence in only 44 days. Later on, working with the tenor who was to perform the lead character's part, he created two versions of Herman’s aria in the seventh scene, using two different keys. The changes can be found in the proof sheets and inserts for the first and second editions of the printed version of the score.

While composing the music, Tchaikovsky actively edited the libretto, changing some of the text and adding his own lyrics to two arias.

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Roles in The Queen of Spades

Herman Tenor
Count Tomsky Baritone
Prince Yeletsky Baritone
Chekalinsky Tenor
Surin Bass
Chaplitsky Tenor
Narumov Bass
Master of Ceremonies Tenor

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Prosti prelestnoye sozdanye Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles: Herman
2Choir 1 Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Russian

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3Daj umeret' tebja blagoslovljaja Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles: Herman
4Ya imeni ee ne znayu Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles: Herman
5Odnazhdy v versale Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Russian

Roles: Count Tomsky
6Produgi milyye Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Russian

Roles: Polina
7Zashem zhe eti slyozy Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Russian

Roles: Liza
8Baryshnyam vashego kruga Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Russian

Roles: Governess
9Ja vas lyublyu Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Russian

Roles: Prince Yeletsky
10Uz polnoc'blizitsja Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Russian

Roles: Liza
11Ja snova s toboju Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Russian

Roles: Liza/Herman
12Ja ne verju Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles: Herman
13Knjaz'! Knjaz'! prosti menja! Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles: Herman
14Choir 3 Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Russian

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15Cto nasa zisn? Igra! Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles: Herman
16Ach istamilas ja gorem Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Russian

Roles: Liza
17Yesli b milyye devitsy Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Russian

Roles: Count Tomsky
18Vy tak pecal ny dorogaja Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct:

Type: Voice: Language: Russian

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19Yeslib miliya devitsy Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Russian

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20Tak v nenastye dni Popularity:

Opera: Queen of Spades, TheComposer: TchaikovskyAct:

Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: Russian

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