The Bolshoi is getting prepared for "The Queen of Spades" opera premiere by P.Tchaikovsky on February 27 on the Historical stage. The cast has been announced this week.
The lead will be sung by Vladimir Galouzine, Lev Dodin's first (and virtually permanent) Hermann, acknowledged to be one of the best interpreters of this role in the world.
The role of Lisa will be performed by Evelina Dobracheva, a Berlin Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler graduate, who possesses "gleaming, focused and powerful, though sometimes steely" voice (New York Times).
Appearing as The Countess will be the Mariinsky Theatre soloist, Larisa Dyadkova (who has already appeared in this part in Lev Dodin's production), Bolshoi Theatre guest soloist Elena Zaremba and Bolshoi soloist Irina Dolzhenko.
Tomsky will be performed by Alexander Kasyanov, who last year made a successful Bolshoi Theatre debut in The Tsar's Bride première. Cracow Opera soloist, Stanislav Kufluk, will sing Eletsky.
The first series of premiere performances are on 27 February and l, 3, and 5 March.