Met Opera on Demand Catalog
The Queen of Spades
(Apr. 15, 1999)
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Modest Tchaikovsky
Gergiev; Gorchakova, Söderström, Domingo, Hvorostovsky, Putilin
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 51 min.
Elijah Moshinsky’s atmospheric production, designed by Mark Thompson, sets the stage for this gripping performance of Tchaikovsky’s passionate setting of Pushkin’s classic novel. Valery Gergiev’s idiomatic and authoritative conducting inspires a superb cast, headed by Plácido Domingo (Ghermann), breathtaking in his portrayal of a man unraveling toward suicide. Galina Gorchakova is Lisa, the woman he loves and destroys, Dmitri Hvorostovsky lends a superb voice and regal bearing to Prince Yeletsky; and Elisabeth Söderström is hair-raising as the old Countess. Olga Borodina is Paulina and Nikolai Putilin is Count Tomsky.