Queen of Spades - Pikovaya Dama

June 5, 2017

IOC concludes it's fifth season with dramatic Russian opera! Four performances on June 23, 24, 30 and July 1 at Protection Of The Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church (Russian Hall) 2041 Argyle Ave Los Angeles CA 90068.


Based on a story by A. Pushkin Queen of Spades is one of the most incredible 19th century Russian operas. It tells a story of doomed love, obsession and mystery.



Hermann is in love with Liza, but the social difference between them is too great. After hearing the story about Countess, Liza's grand mother, and her mysterious knowledge of the secret of "three cards" Hermann becomes obsessed with a desire to find out the secret which he believes will lead him to the right of marriage to his beloved. He succeeds in founding out the secret, but it all leads to tragedy and not a desired happiness. However there is a glimpse of redemption, hope and forgiveness toward the end...


Music Director: Galina Barskaya
Stage Director: Carson Gilmore

Dancer: Liza Barskaya
Stage Manager: Jenna Jacobson

Hermann-William Grundler
Count Tomsky (Zlatogor)-Ken Simms, Esteban Perez
Prince Yeletsky-William Vallandigham
Chekalinsky-David Connors
Surin-Mathew Soibelman
Chaplitsky-Manfred Anaya
Narumov-Misha Barsky
Countess-Erin Murphy
Liza-Roksana Zeinapur
Polina-(Milovzor)-Rachel Labovitch
Governess-Sarah Bloxham
Masha-Savi Labensart
Ceremonies' Master: Ryan Marshall

Characters During the Interlude
Prilepa-Tiffany Ho

Soprani: Joy Axelrod, Kelsey Kwong, Anne LaBella, 
Emilie Doering
Altos: Lani Basich, Janice Batzdorff, Cynthia Stary, Ria Mukund
Tenors: Manfred Anaya, Ryan Marshall
Basses: Matt Soibelman, Misha Barsky, David Fetterman



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