Brandon Jovanovich & Sondra Radvanovsky Star in Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades" at Chicago Lyric. Brandon sings as Gherman and Sondra sings her role debut as Lisa.
Jane Henschel makes her Lyric debut singing the role of the Countess. Gherman’s fellow soldier Tomsky will be sung by bass Samuel Youn. Baritone Lucas Meachem returns as Lisa’s fiancé Prince Yeletsky and Lisa’s friend Pauline will be portrayed by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong.
Performances are set to open on Feb. 15 and run through March 1, 2020.
Tchaikovsky’s broodingly romantic thriller is a tour de force for a great tenor. He plays the terrifyingly obsessed Gherman, an unhappy soldier desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess—the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman’s obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess’s granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves. Tchaikovsky’s music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra—a masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.