Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to star as Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. Richard Jones’ production marks the Lyric’s first Queen of Spades in two decades. Tchaikovsky’s music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra—masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.

Performances take place on February 15, 19, 23, 26, and March 1. Joining Ms. Radvanovsky are Brandon Jovanovich as Gherman, Jane Henschel as the Countess, Samuel Youn as Tomsky, Lucas Meachem as Yeletsky, and Elizabeth DeShong as Pauline. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Lyric Opera Commentaries: Dramaturg Roger Pines on The Queen of Spades

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