Gothic opera set to grip Ludlow

On Sunday 27 January 27, Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, ‘The Queen of Spades’ is being screened at Ludlow Assembly Rooms’ Oscars venue.

It tells the story of Gherman, who is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The opera is based on a short story by Pushkin, and this Royal Opera House production has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere.

In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and the Royal Opera Chorus are conducted by Antonio Pappano. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling; showings take place at 3pm and 6pm with tickets priced at £17/16 – visit ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk for details.

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