Preview: The Queen Of Spades, Royal Opera House, London

khudoley.pngA passionate journey from light into dark
By Michael Church [Independent, 9 November 2006]
With Semyon Bychkov in the pit, Larissa Diadkova as the Countess, Vassily Gerello as Tomsky and Vladimir Galouzine as the doom-laden Herman, this revival of Tchaikovsky’s dark masterpiece will be Russian through and through. Mlada Khudoley, the Muscovite soprano new in the role of Lisa, will feel perfectly at home.