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Tchaikovsky's second most popular opera today, after EUGEN ONEGIN, inspires above all by its sheer size: in PIQUE DAME the mood skilfully changes from large, representative choral and ensemble opera to psychological chamber play scenes. The glamour of a sophisticated elite meets the misery of the proletariat.


  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle;
  • Director: Sam Brown;
  • With Martin Muehle, Sondra Radvanovsky, Hanna Schwarz, Lucio Gallo, Thomas Lehman / Dean Murphy, Annika Schlicht / Karis Tucker a. o.

Pikowaja Dama - Pique Dame


Tchaikovsky’s second most popular opera after EUGENE ONEGIN is inspirational primarily on account of its sheer grandeur:
In PIQUE DAME, the vibe masterfully switches from the mood associated with large and representative choral and ensemble operas to psychological chamber play scenes.
The polish of the sophisticated elites encounters the misery of the outlawed proletariat.

Pyotr and Modest Tchaikovsky used Pushkin’s short novella as a starting point to create psychological profiles of Hermann and Lisa, the two central characters who are united in their fatalistic hopelessness and their failing pursuit of freedom.

Hermann is an outsider who is miserably in love with the unattainable Lisa, who is a member of higher circles. The only way out seems to be a mysterious card secret kept by Lisa’s aunt, the elderly Countess. However, the Countess dies when Hermann tries to wrest the secret from her. Nevertheless, she reveals the card combination to him in a dream. Hermann is now unable to distinguish between reality and illusions. Instead of starting a new life with Lisa, he rushes back to the gambling table.

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Opera in three acts by Piotr I. TchaikovskyLibretto by Modest Tchaikovsky based on Alexander PuschkinFirst performance on 19 December, 1890, in St. PetersburgPremiere on 9 March 2024







45 minutes before beginning: Introduction (in German language)
Participating artists
Sebastian Weigle (Musikalische Leitung)
Sam Brown (Inszenierung)
Stuart Nunn (Bühne, Kostüme)
Linus Fellbom (Lichtdesign)
Martin Eidenberger (Video)
Ron Howell (Choreografie)
Jeremy Bines (Chöre)
Christian Lindhorst (Kinderchor)
Konstantin Parnian (Dramaturgie)
Martin Muehle (Hermann, ein Offizier)
Sondra Radvanovsky (Lisa)
Hanna Schwarz (Gräfin)
Lucio Gallo (Graf Tomskij)
Thomas Lehman (Fürst Jeletzkij)
Karis Tucker (Polina)
Chance Jonas-O'Toole (Tschekalinskij)
Padraic Rowan (Ssurin)
Andrew Dickinson (Tschaplitskij)
Michael Bachtadze (Narumow)
Nicole Piccolomini (Gouvernante)
Oleksandra Diachenko (Mascha)
Jörg Schörner (Zeremonienmeister)
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
Opernballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Ballett)
Dates
March 2024
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