Yusif Eyvazov dominated Friday’s Met premiere of Pikovaya Dama with a fearless, world-class portrayal that instantly transformed the opera into December’s must-see event.

Hermann is never seen at ease: his scenes always portray him under duress and thus his vocal writing is extremely demanding calling for passionate declamation and ringing high notes. Happily, Eyvazov, whose previous Met appearances have been restricted to works by Puccini, demonstrated these qualities in, ahem,  spades.

December 01, 2019