Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades

Tchaikovsky

The Queen of Spades

Yuri Marusin (Hermann)
Sergei Leiferkus (Tomsky)
Dimitri Kharitonov (Prince Yeletsky)
Felicity Palmer (Countess)
Nancy Gustafson (Lisa)
Enid Hartle (Governess)
Anne Dawson (Chloe)
Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)


At the time Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, newly knighted Sir Andrew Davis brought his distinguished East Sussex opera company to the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 for the Proms premiere of Tchaikovsky’s chilling supernatural tale of obsession and revenge, based on Pushkin. Nancy Gustafson, who made a memorable Proms appearance (alongside Felicity Palmer) two years earlier as Janáček’s Katya, sings Lisa to the Hermann of leading Russian tenor Yuri Marusin; while Palmer – who was created DBE the following year – added Tchaikovsky’s Countess to her long list of distinguished roles.

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This performance was taken from the BBC Proms in 1992, 26 July – seven years before the Classical Source was born.

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