Vasily Petrenko sang his first Queen of Spades in a St Petersburg boys’ chorus. In a month, he’ll conduct it in his Met debut.
‘I want to find the balance and delicacy of the score,’ he says. ‘In The Queen of Spades there are many delicate, quiet moments; probably the main climaxes happen in the quiet moments rather than the loud moments — the psychological climaxes. If there is coherence between what’s going on visually onstage and what it says in the music, that can make an incredible effect.’