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The Queen of Spades

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Opera North

The Lowry, 18 November 2011

The Queen of Spades

Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts as Herman

Man, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts has a wonderful voice.

It is a silvery, gracefully curved, beautifully proportioned, ornamental work of art.

Lloyd-Roberts takes the lead role of Herman, an ill-fated lover.  Another joy of this sterling production was the masked ball in Act Two, the costumes were very fetching indeed.

At the base of the whole thrilling drama – it’s a dysfunctional love story with a dash of darkness, not unlike Swan Lake – is Tchaikovsky’s commanding score, which is like a giant wave or a hand of God.  Those poor mortals who live and love, seemingly under their own steam, they are in thrall to this music, its passion and emotion animates their features, propels them towards each other, seals their fate.

This is a powerful production of an emotionally complex opera, rich in sensuality and spirituality.  Its next outing is in London on 22 November, details here.