Israel Opera hosts top ‘Pique’

A new production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), directed by Poland’s world-class Mariusz Trelinski, opens June 26 at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.

By HELEN KAYE
June 6, 2010 06:00
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Israel Opera hosts top ‘Pique’

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A new production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), directed by Poland’s world-class Mariusz Trelinski, opens June 26 at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.

Based on Alexander Pushkin’s (1799-1837) story, Queen of Spades is a dark tale of obsession, greed and death. Compulsive gambler Herman (tenors Victor Lutsiuk, Krzysztof Bendarek) seeks to wrest from the old countess (sopranos Anja Silja, Galina Malinski) her secret of three winning cards. The countess’s ward, Lisa (sopranos Ira Bertman, Natalia Ushakova), is to marry Prince Yeletsky (baritones Vladimir Petrov, Eugene Brancoveanu), who loves her tenderly. But Lisa has an irresistible passion for Herman, and when she realizes that Herman loves the cards more than her, she commits suicide.

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Canadian-born Keri Lynn Wilson is the conductor of the Israeli Opera orchestra, and has previously worked with Trelinski, who did the well-received Madame Butterfly at the IO in ’08. Of Wilson, Trelinski says, “She understands the drama inherent in the opera and knows how to blend its dramatic and musical demands.” Wilson, who conducted the IO’s La Boheme last season, says she admires Trelinski, “an enthralling director with enormous respect for the music.”

Queen of Spades, Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera, had its premiere in 1890 and was performed at the IO in 1999. Performances run through July 7.

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