Based on Pushkin's story of the same name a young man falls in love with a girl he discovers to be the grand daughter of a Countess. To be taken seriously he'll need to be seriously rich, so he decides on a gambling route. Now, the person who knows the secret of the three-card game is the Countess herself but in forcing the secret from her she dies - a twist that sets the plot, and the young man's life, on a new course. Sung in Russian with English surtitles. Running time 3 hours 20 minutes. This production has been generously sponsored (2001) by Alberto Vilar. Jun 15 - BP Opera and Ballet in the Piazza Live Relay.Performers Susan Chilcott (Lisa), Placido Domingo (Hermann Jun 15/18/21), Vitali Taraschenko (Hermann Jun 24/29), Nikolai Putilin (Count Tomsky), Thomas Allen (Prince Yeletsky), Josephine Barstow (Countess), Marianna Tarasova (Pauline), Robin Leggate (Tchekalinksky), Jeremy White (Sourin), Henry Moss (Tchaplitsky), Michael Dewis (Narumoff), Francis Egerton (Master of Ceremonies), Frances McCafferty (Governess), Elizabeth Sikora (Mascha/Lisa's Maid), Deborah Norman (Chloe).
Music Tchaikovsky. Lyrics Tchaikovsky. Lyrics Modest Il'pich Tchaikovsky (after Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's novella). Company Royal Opera. Conductor Valery Gergiev (Jun 15/18). Conductor Alexander Polianichko (Jun 21/24/29). Director Francesca Zambello. Design Peter J Davison. Costume Nicky Gillibrand. Lighting Mark McCullough.