Composer Pjotr I. Tschaikowski. Libretto by Modest I. Tchaikovsky based on the eponymous story by Alexander S. Pushkin.

Opera in three acts (1890)

recommended from 16 years and older

In Russian. With German and English supertitles. New Production.

Introductions take place one hour before the performance on the first tier in the anteroom to the royal box. 
Limited seating available, duration approx. 20 min.

The premiere will be broadcast live on the radio on BR-Klassik.

During the performance of Pique Dame, strobe lights and a gunshot will be used several times on stage.


Discover the secret, crack the code, get the key: What drives us to submit to the unknown, to forget what we originally felt and who we are? With The Queen of Spades, Alexander Pushkin presented a Russian variant of the Gothic novel in 1834. In it, his protagonist Hermann stares unblinkingly at the window, behind which Liza sits. While he tries to elicit the secret of the three cards from the Countess, whose ward Liza is, Liza mistakes his obsession for love. Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky stages the couple’s downfall all the more drastically in his opera, when, as the plot begins he has the possibility of a joyful life appear and allows the two to take the self-chosen path of estrangement and self-destruction into madness and death. As in a film noir, in the staging by Benedict Andrews it draws the characters into their own abysses. 



  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
  • Children's chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper


by Francis Maes

Alexander Pushkin is widely regarded as the writer responsible for taking Russian literature to a new level. With his versatile oeuvre he proved himself the equal of the great writers of Western Europe. His example stimulated Russian artists in other disciplines as well. His writings inspired the emergence of a distinctive Russian tradition of opera. The composers of the pioneering generation of Russian opera - Glinka, Dargomïzhsky, Musorgsky - relied on his works for themes and ideas. Spanning from Ruslan and Lyudmila, through Boris Godunov, and extending to Stravinsky's Mavra, Pushkin's influence remains an enduring presence in the landscape of Russian opera. Peter Tchaikovsky wrote three operas based on the works of this great writer: Yevgeni Onegin(1878),Mazeppa (1883) and The Queen of Spades (1890).