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. New Production - Sung in Russian with surtitles. Sponsored by WNO Partnership. Concert Performance.Performers Susan Chilcott (Lisa until 20 Oct), Susannah Glanville (Lisa from 25 Oct), Susan Gorton (Countess), Vitali Taraschenko (Herman), Vladimir Glushchak (Prince Yeletsky), Robert Hayward (Count Tomsky), Peter Hoare (Tchekalinsky), Matthew Hargreaves (Sourin), Emma Selway (Pauline), Neil Jenkins (Tchaplitsky).
Music Tchaikovsky. Lyrics Tchaikovsky. Lyrics Modest Il'pich Tchaikovsky (after Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's novella). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski (except 17 Oct/30 Nov). Conductor Antony Walker (17 Oct/30 Nov). Design John Macfarlane. Lighting Jennifer Tipton. Choreographer Linda Dobell. Producer Richard Jones.