08 Apr 2022

Impressions from the “Pique Dame” dress rehearsal

First musical and scenic impressions from the dress rehearsal for Pique Dame, with photos by Monika Rittershaus.


Disaster lurks not far from this sumptuous and exuberant masquerade ball. 


Doris Soffel interprets the Countess. In 1974 she had sung Polina at the Stuttgart Opera, with the great Martha Mödl in the role of the Countess.


Vladislav Sulimsky sings the role of Count Tomski, who is the first to tell protagonist Hermann the story about the Countess and her three mysterious cards.


Elena Stikhina as Lisa and Anatoli Sivko as Surin just before a daring costume change on stage.


An unsettling silhouette that forebodes nothing good...


Aigul Akhmetshina as Polina, who sings an auspicious aria at the beginning of the opera.


Arsen Soghomonyan as Herman, who is plagued by an impossible love and a traumatic past.


A fateful meeting of all the opera's protagonists, with Boris Pinkhasovich as the Prince Yeletsky, who, incidentally, does not appear in the original novella by Alexander Pushkin.