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Tchaikovsky "Duet of Lisa and Polina" (Act 1) "Uzh vecher" from "Queen of Spades" 
Roles: Lisa (Soprano), Polina (Paulina) (Mezzo-Soprano/ Contralto)


Diction score - sheet music with IPA phonetics, word-by-word translation and grammatically correct translations


Please note that in performance practice

*) the second verse of this duet is often cut

**) the final cadence is most often performed differently from the original score (please see the notes in our file)


You can watch a VIDEO DICTION GUIDE for this aria here:


Here you can find recordings of this scene:


Tamara Milashkina & Lyudmila Shemchuk (2 verses)


Tamara Milashkina & Irina Arkhipova (3 verses)


Asmik Grigorian and Olga Borodina (3 verses)


Maria Gulegina and Olga Borodina (2 verses)




A quick and comprehensive tutorial on Russian phonetics:



You can listen to the full opera here:


Mariinsky Theatre (2015)


Film-opera (1960)


The Bolshoi Theatre (1982)

Tchaikovsky "Duet of Lisa and Polina" - DICTION SCORE

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