Mariss Jansons returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as guest conductor in the season immediately following his last as the orchestra’s chief conductor. And how! With Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s brilliant opera The Queen of Spades at the Dutch National Opera.
Jansons has led the RCO in two previous opera productions to great acclaim: Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in 2006 and Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin in 2011. In The Queen of Spades, an army officer’s compulsive gambling leads to his downfall – at the gambling table, in love and in life. Full of humour and tenderness, the libretto was written by the composer’s brother Modest Tchaikovsky. ‘What is life? A game!’