Sung in Russian with Czech and English subtitles.
Three, seven, ace... three cards that always win. A secret which drives the young tsarist official Hermanto sacrifice his amorous relationship with young Liza and even to murder. His thirst for money and social status destroys the lives of all people around him
and drives him to insanity and suicide in the end. Tchaikovsky's penultimate opera was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and, as in the case of Eugen Onegin, the composer used the literary legacy of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. However, Tchaikovsky substantially changed Pushkin's story and even wrote texts to some of the arias. Although the composer created The
Queen of Spades in only 44 days, it is obviously a work of an experienced opera composer and dramatist. He introduced a masterly psychological depiction of the main characters into the, originally romantic, story of a great love with a mystic plot, adding many dramatic as well as lyrical musical scenes. The Queen of Spades truly belongs among the most successful ofTchaikovsky's operas.