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Pique Dame

Pique Dame

Libretto by Modest 
TCHAIKOVSKY based on a short story of the same name by Alexander PUSHKIN  
Opera in 2 Acts

Running time with an interval: 3 hours

Musical Director and ConductorAleksandru SAMOILĂ
Stage Director - Alexander TITEL, People’s Artist of Russia
Set Designer - Stanislav MOROZOV, Honoured Art Worker of Russia
Costume Designer - Elena STEPANOVA
Chorus Master - Leonid BUTENKO, Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine
Choreography - Yury VASYUCHENKO, Honoured Artist of Russia
Choirmaster of the Children’s Choir The Gems of Odessa - Larisa GARBUZ

Act 1

Time: The close of the 18th century
Place: St. Petersburg, Russia

Scene 1
In St. Petersburg’s Summer Park two officers Surin and Chekalinsky are concerned with their friend Herman’s behavior as he spends in the gambling-house every night but never bets.

Herman appears with Count Tomsky. Herman admits that he is in love with a girl whose name he does not even know but he is aware of the fact that the girl above the station is an heiress of a rich and noble family and cannot marry him.

Prince Yeletsky joins the officers and tells about his upcoming marriage. Herman asks him about his fiancée. Yeletsky points out Liza accompanying the old Countess on the stroll. Herman is stricken as he recognizes his beloved in the Prince’s fiancée.

Tomsky tells Herman a mystical story about the three lucky cards, the winning formula that Count St. Germain in Paris told the Countess, a passionate gambler, long ago. The winning formula helped the “Venus of Moscow” get her fortune back but the payment for the secret would be her death caused by “the third suitor” who will come to find out the secret cards burning with gambling passion.

The Summer Park is getting empty. The thunderstorm is approaching but Herman is not afraid, he vows that Liza will belong to him or he will die.

Scene 2
Liza is welcoming her friends in her room at the Countess'. On their leaving the girl voices her love to a mysterious young man she has seen in the park.

All of a sudden, Herman appears on the balcony. She recognizes the young man she is in love with. Herman says the words of love to Liza. A powerful knock on the door is heard. The Countess comes to Liza to find out the reason for the noise that disturbed her repose. Herman manages to hide. On seeing the Countess the young man decides that he must reveal the secret of the three cards at any cost. His desire to discover the winning formula substitutes his love towards Liza for a moment. The Countess retires and Herman repeats his words of love. The girl is smashed with the force of his love and addresses the words of love to Herman.

Scene 3
At the grand ball Count Yeletsky worried with Liza being distant reassures her of his love. Liza avoids explanations.

Liza gives Herman the key to a secret door in the Countess’ mansion. Herman has to go through the Countess’ bedroom to get to the Liza’s room. Herman thinks that the very fate is handing him the Countess’ winning formula. 

Act 2

Scene 4
Being alone at the Countess' bedroom, obsessed with the desire to reveal the three cards secret Herman decides to stay in the bedroom and force the Countess tell him the winning formula.

Coming home from the ball the Countess reminisces about the better times, noble balls in Paris, success and acclaim. As she doses off, Herman stands before her and pleads with her to tell him the secret. The Countess remains speechless. Herman threatens with a pistol and demands an immediate answer revealing the three secret cards. The Countess dies of freight.

On hearing some noise Liza rushes into the Countess’ bedroom. Seeing a dead Countess she exclaims, “You did not need me you needed cards!”

Scene 5
In his room at the barracks, Herman reads a letter from Liza who wants him to meet her by the riverbank.

The dead Countess haunts Herman down. He experiences delusions when the ghost of the Countess appears. She tells Herman to marry Liza and reveals the secret combination. The winning cards are the three, the seven and the ace…

Scene 6
At the bank of the Winter Canal, Liza waits for Herman and hopes that he will dissolve her suspicions that he has committed a predetermined murder. Herman appears. It seems for a spit-second that there are no happier people on earth. However, obsessed with the idea of the three cards Herman pushes Liza away and rushes to the gambling-house. Liza commits suicide jumping off the bridge.

Scene 7
At a gambling house, Herman appears at the midst of a game. He bets on big sums of money and wins twice in a row. The game goes on. This time Prince Yeletsky confronts Herman. Herman expects the ace to win but instead the winning card is the queen of spades. Seeing the Countess’ ghost laughing on the card Herman is stricken up to madness. Insanity makes him to shoot himself. The last minute of his life brings Liza’s image to his tormented mind. Herman dies with her name on his lips. 

The Cast

  • Herman  - Mykola Subbota, Alexander Shultz
  • Liza - Ganna Litvinova, Inga Martynova, Natalia Pavlenko, Yulia Tereschuk 
  • Countess - People’s Artist of Ukraine Valentina Vasyleva, Honored Artist of Ukraine Olena Starodubtseva, Honored Artist of Ukraine Tetyana Spas’ka
  • Count Tomsky (in interludes - Zlatogor) – Oleksander Stryuk, Ivan Flyak, Vadym Chernigovsky, Victor Shevchenko 
  • Prince Eletsky - Honored Аrtist Оf Ukraine Viktor Mityushkin, Garry Gukasyan, Oleksander Stryuk
  • Chekalinsky - Dmytro Mikheev, Valery Regrut, Pavlo Smirnov
  • Surin - Honored Аrtist Оf Ukraine Dmytro Pavlyuk, Victor Shevchenko 
  • Chaplitsky – Sergiy Krasnykh, Andriy Perfilov, Valeriy Regrut
  • Narumov – Dmytro Sebov, Sergey Uzun
  • Polina (in interludes - Milovzor) – Marina Godulyan, Natalia Kadanzeva, Catherine Tsymbalyuk, Taisiya Shafrans’ka
  • Governess – Zoreslava Dolga, Iryna Repetiy
  • Masha – Alina Vorokh, Anastasia Holub, Nadiya Sychuk
  • Prilepa – Alina Vorokh, Anastasia Holub, Nadiya Sychuk
  • Master of ceremonies – Victor Muzychko
  • Сhoir, artists of ballet and mimans, orchestra of the theatre, children's choir  «Pearls of Odessa» (coach - Larisa Garbuz) 

Dancing in an Interlude:

THE ARTIST - Alexander Kostenko, Victor Pelikh, Rostislav Yanchyshen, Ksenia Zakharchenko, Anastasia Paliy, Ekaterina Kharlamova

Conductor –   Honored Аrtist Оf Ukraine Igor Chernetski



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About Stage Director Alexander Titel

People’s Artist of Russia (1999),
Laureate of State Prize of the USSR (1987), professor

Prof. TITEL is a graduate of The Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS), operatic direction class of Lev MIKHAILOV, People’s Artist of the Russian Socialist Republic (1980).

After graduation Prof. TITEL was invited to take the position of the Principal Stage Director of the Sverdlovsk (at present Ekaterinburg) State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre where he worked during 11 theatrical seasons. Boris Godunov by M. MUSORGSKY, The Prophet by V. A. KOBEKIN, The Hoffman’s Fairy Tales by J. OFFENBACH were the best productions created by the stage director Alexander TITEL and conductor Eugene BRAZHNIK on the stage of that theatre.

Alexander TITEL has been Artistic Director and Principal Stage Director of the Opera Company at The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Musical Theatre since 1991.

His operatic productions La Boheme by G. PUCCINI (1997), Così fan tutte by W. A. MOZART (2007), The Hamlet (The Danish) (Russian) Comedy by V. KOBEKIN (2010) got National Theatrical Awards 'The Golden Mask' for the best stage direction (1997, 2007, 2010).

Alexander TITEL has put up more than 50 productions in total, both in Russia and abroad. One can name a number of Russian operatic classical productions, such as Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. GLINKA, The Tale of the Tsar Saltan, The Golden Cockerel, May Night, Christmas Eve by N. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, Eugene Onegin by P. TCHAIKOVSKY, Katerina Izmailova by D. SHOSTAKOVICH, Betrothal in a Monastery, The Gambler, War and Peace by S. PROKOFIEV and masterpieces by western composers, namely The Barber of Seville by G. ROSSINI, La Traviata, Ernani and Nabucco by G. VERDI, La Boheme by G. PUCCINI, The Bat by J. STRAUSS, Cavalleria Rusticana by P. MASCAGNI, Pagliacci by R. LEONCAVALLO, Carmen by G. BIZET etc.

Alexander TITEL has been actively involved in teaching at the Musical Theatre Faculty of The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) since 1992. The productions put up by the Academy graduates under his supervision have been included into the repertoire of the Moscow Academic Musical Theatre.