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Dmitri Shostakovich

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Gamblers (Die Spieler) (Meyer version)
Work Notes
G Schirmer is the publisher of the work in the USA, Canada and Mexico only. Le Chant du Monde is the publisher of the work in France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Andorra, French speaking African countries.
Text Writer
Libretto after Nikolai Gogol's comedy of the same name. German version by Jörg Morgener.
Dmitri Shostakovich Estate
Opera and Music Theatre
Completed (1981) by Krzysztof Meyer
German, Russian
Solo Instrument(s)
3 Tenors, 4 Basses, 2 Baritones
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Programme Note
Dmitri Shostakovich The Gamblers (Die Spieler) (Meyer version)
Ikharev, a card shark, sets his sights on defrauding three hotel guests. He soon realises, however, that they are all brothers under the skin; the four decide to go after the other guests, namely, Mikhail Alexandrovich Glov. He leaves, so that his son Sasha remains and loses a fortune. The three other swindlers leave Ikharev to collect the loot, but in the end he finds that Glov and a finance official were both part of the trio and that Glov lost on purpose, leaving Ikharev the big loser.

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