The Conservative Radical

In 1935 the legendary theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold caused a sensation with his ground-breaking and controversial Leningrad production of Tchaikovsky's well-loved opera, Queen of Spades.

Philip Bullock examines his claim to have taken the opera back to its Pushkinian roots and argues that it may have been closer to the heart of soviet art than ever suspected.

With readings by Brendan Charleson.

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In 1935 the legendary theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold caused a sensation with his ground-breaking and controversial Leningrad production of Tchaikovsky's well-loved opera, Queen of Spades.

Philip Bullock examines his claim to have taken the opera back to its Pushkinian roots and argues that it may have been closer to the heart of soviet art than ever suspected.

With readings by Brendan Charleson.