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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame
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a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of 'the
three cards' from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles.This opulent production
from Barcelona's Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house's Music Director
conducts a large and impressive cast.
Top Customer Reviews
Herman's part is very very well sung and enacted by Misha Didyk the young Ukrainian tenor. The men do a great job with the vocals, Yeletsky by Ludovic Tezier and Lado Ataneli as Tomsky. The Liceu chorus sound great throughout.
However, Emily Magee is no comparison to Gulegina in the Kirov production. She just does not come as through for her role, with her acting leaving much to be desired. The suicide scene here is a real damp squibb which by itself pulls down one star.
But Ewa Podles, is the best Countess I have ever seen and heard in the 4 productions of this Opera I have seen on DVD.
The dances of the second act are something to marvel at. No comparison with the Mariyinsky for pomp, splendour and sheer technique etc... but the sequence in this production is more earthy, more traditional in the sense that since the sequence is a throw back to the Roccocan period, the dances actually match the time frame, rather than in the Mariyisky production with a gold painted eros and dances with the 20th century sophistication that just did not exist in the time frame of the story.
Thankfully, this is more of a traditional production with period costumes, although I have heard in another criticism of this production that it has been pushed back by 40 years from the actual time of composing this to the age of Pushkin rather than Tchaikovsky. Since the original plot on which this is based comes from Pushkin, I think this is pretty acceptable.
Here it comes to us from Barcelona's Teatro del Liceu with a thoroughly international cast. The cast is strong: Misha Didyk as Hermann, a voice with an appropriately non-italianate timbre though reminiscent of a darker-hued Bergonzi, powerful and lyrical, an eloquent and musical tenor I had not heard before; Emily Magee sings a a very fine Lisa, hers being a full-voiced, focused spinto with a nice dramatic edge, again, a new voice for me; the wonderful Ludovic Tézier as the Prince, elegant and resonant, has a fresh voice, and a fine line for the legato of his beautiful aria; and in the role of the old countess my favorite "ham" and grande-dame of all, the voice still powerful, the presence totally commanding, the great Ewa Podles: she brings interest and class to whatever she does. A little surprising is the booming Elena Zaremba as the Shepherd in the peculiarly costumed Pastorale (why red?) and as Pauline. The chorus is exemplary. The conductor is the German Michael Boder, who introduces discrete string portamento here and there. Ukranian Misha Didyk is the closest thing to a Russian in the cast. Nonetheless, everyone sings (in Russian) with conviction. Of course in spite of the Russian allusions, Pique Dame, like St. Petersburg and Tchaikowsky, looks to the West.
It was fun, even if bittersweet, to see the once rich-voiced Stefania Toczyska play the cameo role of the Governess (she's about a decade older than Podles).Read more ›
I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough.
The staging itself is nothing short of spectacular not to mention the sumptuous costumes, especially the colour format employed.
Special mention should be made to the children in Act One; just charming.
So if you want to transported back in time where dark secrets transform and twist the subconscious mind of a desperate gambler, then Pikovaia Dama is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not much goes seriously wrong here in concept or execution, and maybe that will be enough for some. I vacillated between two and three stars, coming down on the side of the higher... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Todd Kay
Pikovaya Dama has some gorgeous music, but it is not served well by this production which is visually odd. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Culture Vulture
This production of Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame was recorded in 2010 and is a recording of a production also first seen in 2010. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by I. Giles
I greatly enjoyed this production of Pique Dame. Although I have seen the opera several times on vhs, this blu ray makes the experience far better. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Ringcycle
I have over 100 opera and ballet DVD/BR's that I watch on a projected screen about 7' 8" wide and listen through a 7. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by R. Kreutzer
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