Pique Dame: From Pushkin via Tchaikovsky to Andreas Dresen

A symposium on Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s »Pique Dame«

In cooperation with Dresden Municipal Libraries




    The composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) and the poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1839) are central figures of Russian and indeed European culture. To accompany the new production of Tchaikovsky’s opera »Pique Dame« (»Queen of Spades«), based on the novella of the same name by Alexander Pushkin and staged by the renowned film director Andreas Dresen, the Municipal Libraries of Dresden and the Semperoper are jointly organising a symposium aimed at interested members of the general public. Through lectures and discussions, the symposium aims to trace the artistic genesis of the work from the novella to the opera to the current interpretation while examining various practical questions of staging. Andreas Dresen and dramaturge Benedikt Stampfli will take questions from the audience at the concluding panel discussion.

    The event is aimed at the general public. The names of the invited speakers will be announced in due course. 

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