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La Dame de pique

Opéra Bastille - from 22 May to 12 June 2021

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La Dame de pique

Opera Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski

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Opéra Bastille - from 22 May to 12 June 2021

3h25 with 1 interval

Language : Russian

Surtitle : French / English

About

In few words:

Two obsessions can no more exist in the same mind than two bodies in the

same space", wrote Pushkin in "The Queen of Spades" in 1834. A

story in which the young Hermann, eager for social ascension, is obsessed by a

magic formula in the possession of an old countess. To obtain this formula that

would enable him to win at cards, he sacrifices his love for Lisa.

Tchaikovsky's opera of 1890 paints a bitter portrait of the generation of the

final years of Tsarist Russia. Saint Petersburg's streets, embankments and

balls surge out from a score that deliberately seeks to recreate eighteenth-century

musical forms, yet sacrifices nothing to the fervent lyricism so distinctive of

Tchaikovsky's music. This evocation of a far northern city, cut off from the

land and, hence, from reason, might also be seen as a portrait of the composer.

Lev Dodin underlines this notion of loss of reason by setting the characters in

an asylum where ghostly visions haunt lost souls as obsessively as the three

winning cards "three, seven, ace" that echo in Hermann's mind.

  • Opening
  • First part 100 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 75 mn
  • End

Performances

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Partners

La Dame de Pique will be video recorded with the support of the Fondation Orange, sponsors of the audiovisual broadcastings at the Paris Opera. With the help of Fra cinéma, this performance will be live-streaming from June 3th in France and Europe, in UGC movie theatres (at the occasion of the season Viva l’Opéra!), in the CGR and independent movie theatres, and worldwide at a later stage.

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