‘The Gambler’ is a dark study of human failings and the corruptive power of money.
Cast & Crew
General – Vladimir Ognovenko
Polina – Kristine Opolais
Alexei – Misha Didyk
Babulenka – Stefania Toczyska
Marquis – Stephan Rügamer
Director – Dmitri Tcherniakov
Conductor – Daniel Barenboim
Costume Designer – Elena Zaiceva
Lighting Designer – Gleb Filshtinsky
‘The Gambler’ is a dark study of human failings and the corruptive power of money. In this work, everyone gambles: the hero Alexey, the General, and even the wealthy aunt Babulenka gamble with money; Blanche, the Marquis, and Polina – who loves Alexey – gamble with their fellow human beings. The results are humiliation, ruin, and self-delusion. But when the Staatskapelle Berlin under world-famous conductor Daniel Barenboim provides the orchestral sound to the full, lustrous voices of Vladimir Ognovenko, Kristine Opolais, Misha Didyk, Stefania Toczyska and their colleagues, there is nothing even remotely dismal about the opera or its production. Directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, ‘the evening zips past entertainingly, yet leaves its traces in the listener’s mind: a stroke of genius like Prokofiev’s opera itself’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).