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The Queen of Spades

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Witness Tchaikovsky’s eerie opera thriller set in imperial Russia, as it makes a return to the Met stage after nearly 8 years! Featuring a star-studded lineup, Elijah Moshinsky’s production explores addiction, obsession and the eventual self-destruction of man.

Why Watch The Queen of Spades

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of the most influential composers in classical music, renowned for his ability to bring a vast range of human emotions into his compositions. Based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, also titled The Queen of Scots, Tchaikovsky’s composition changes the plot significantly.

Elijah Moshinsk’s Hermann is more agitated, and it is easy to see the doubt and torment of a man who is torn between his irrational love for a woman, and his obsession with a well-guarded secret.

The Story

Tchelinsky and Sourin are two officers, who are discussing their gambling-obsessed colleague Hermann. Hermann, however, never gambles despite his keen interest in it. Hermann confesses to Count Tomsky about his feelings for an unknown girl. Soon, Prince Yeletsky enters with his fiancee, Lisa, and her grandmother, who was the old countess. Hermann is shocked to see that the unknown woman is Lisa.

Tomsky narrates a story about how the old countess utilized a mysterious combination to win a fortune at gambling, and only shared this secret with two other individuals. He goes on to say that there is a prophecy that she will die at the hands of the third person who wrests the secret from her. Although the other men laugh at the story, Hermann is lost deep in thought.

Will Hermann uncover the mystery of the gamble made by the old countess and win the heart of the woman he loves? Is his obsession taking him down a dark path of no return?

Good For

Opera Buffs | Lovers of Tragic Opera | Fans of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Opening: 29 Nov, 2019
End: 21 Dec, 2019

Show Timings

29 Oct, 2, 5, 18 Dec 7:30 PM
14 Dec 1 PM
8 Dec 3 PM
21 Dec 8 PM

Duration
3hrs 33min, including a 32min intermission

Cast
Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
Lise Davidsen as Lisa
Elena Maximova as Pauline
Larissa Diadkova as The Countess
Aleksandrs Antonenko as Hermann

Produced By
Elijah Moshinsky

Choreographed By
John Meehan

Additional Information

Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance

Audience
To be confirmed

Availability
Wheelchair Accessible
In-House Bar
Coat Check

Seating
The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive your tickets along with your email confirmation shortly. You need to print the same and display it at the ticket counter.

Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

  • By Subway: Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.
  • By Bus: Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Ave/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.

Validity

The ticket is valid only for the exact date and time you have opted for.

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