Based on the Dostoevsky novel of the same name The Gambler tells the story of addiction and social dysfunction in a mythical German casino spa called Roulettenburg. The main protagonist Alexei, a tutor of the General's family, becomes besotted with his daughter Polina and gets into trouble by obeying her every capricious whim. He is drawn into a spiralling world of desire and debt which leads to his downfall, ending the opera a gambling addict and losing Polina.


Music: Sergey Prokofiev
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Archive listings for The Gambler

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Generously supported by The Friends of Covent Garden. New ProductionProducer Royal Opera. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Richard Jones. Design Antony McDonald. Costume Nicky Gillibrand. Translation David Pountney. Performer Roberto Sacca (Alexei). Performer Angela Denoke (Polina). Performer John Tomlinson (General). Performer Kurt Streit (Marquis). Performer Susan Bickley (Babulenka). Performer Mark Stone (Mr Astley). Performer Jurgita Adamonyte (Lucienne). Performer Jeremy White (Baron). Performer Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (Gambler). Performer John Easterlin (Gherado). Performer John Easterlin (Prince Nilsky). Performer Elizabeth Sikor (Dubious Old Lady). Performer Carol Rowlands (Lady Comme Ci Comme Ca). Performer Elisabeth Meister (Pale Lady). Performer Simona Mihai (Gaudy Lady). Performer Kai Ruutel (Venerable Lady). Performer Steven Ebel (Hypochondriac Gambler). Performer Dawid Kimberg (Potapytch). Performer Lukas Jakobski (Aged Gambler). Performer David Woloszko (Fat Englishman).
11 Feb 10 to 27 Feb 10Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L769323905

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