Aug 06, 2016 11:47 AM GMT
Dmitri, thank you for pulling me into Russian opera. Your phrase "Yeletsky may have the most beautiful aria" made me go to YouTube to see about what you were talking--"Ya vas lyublyu." So, I'm wondering if there is a beautiful aria for tenor (Herman) in Queen of Spades, sung by whom today (1995-2015)? Quickly, I will look for that on YouTube also. If it were 1995, NYC, I would be at HMV or Tower Records looking through the great Penguin Guide of Classical music for various performances--if anyone remember those days.
I found on Wikipedia that
Herman, the lead character, sings in all seven scenes. This requires great skill and endurance of the performer. The part was written with the notable Russian tenor Nikolay Figner in mind, and he performed the role at the premiere. His wife Medea Mei-Figner created the role of Liza.
I also found that Gustav Mahler Conducted the Met Opera premier.