Opera in three acts and seven paintings by Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski (1890, Saint-Petersburg). Booklet about Piotr Tchaïkovski according to Pouchkine. Composed between the fifth and sixth symphonies, a bit less famous than Eugene Onéguine, The Queen of Spades is the most complicated Tchaïkovski opera (although he wrote it only in six weeks) Set in Saint-Petersburg in the middle of the 18th century, Prince Eletzki present to his friends - card players - his young fiancé, Lisa – granddaughter of the Countess. Hermann sees in Lisa something he likes, and promises himself to steal her from the prince. He sneaks into the girl’s room, where the two young people acknowledge their love. But Hermann is not interested only by Lisa. He intends to win the trust of Lisa’s grandmother, the countess, and learn the secret of the three master cards. Alas, the countess dies of fear before of the appearance young man. Lisa, witnessing this moment, throws him out. Upon his return to the barracks, Hermann reads a letter from Lisa giving him a rendezvous. As he thinks about the burial of the countess, her ghost strikes the window, and orders to him to marry Lisa. The secret of the cards are revealed to him: three, seven, ace. Hermann finds Lisa on banks of the Winter Canal. He confesses his intention to bet on the cards. In Despair, Lisa is drowns herself. Hermann wins his the first two bets, and then puts it all on the ace. Alas, his adversary, Prince Eletzki, trumps the Queen of Spades, and ruins the young man, who loses his mind and commits suicide.
Piotr Tchaïkovski was born on May 7, 1840, in the Ural in Russia. His father was a mining engineer and director. His mother was a woman of a great beauty, but suffered from psychological instability. At the age of 5, he receives his first piano lessons. Impassioned by the music, he begins to study composition with Anton Rubinstein. He enrolls in the conservatory, and gives up a career in law. In June 1854, his mother dies of cholera. In 1865, the Conservatory of Moscow invites Tchaïkovski to teach harmony. It isn’t until 1869 that the career of Tchaïkovski really takes off. In 1876, he corresponds with the very rich Madam Von Meck. This correspondence will be transformed into epistolary love. Madam Von Meck supports Tchaïkovski until the discovery of his homosexuality. Starting in 1880, Tchaïkovski goes regularly to Italy and stays long periods in Florence at a property of Mrs. Von Meck. He there composes several works including the opera, The Queen of Spades. In 1885, he acquires a country house, realizing one of his most precious dreams. November 6 1893, like his mother, Tchaikovski dies of cholera.
He leaves us immortal works, including: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Eugene Onéguine, Mazeppa, and The Queen of Spades.