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

Opera in three acts (1890)

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.


The young Uzbek conductor Aziz Shokhakimov can be enjoyed at the Bayerische Staatsoper for the first time as he conducts The Queen of Spades in the 2023/2024 season. Director Benedict Andrews already staged Così fan tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper in the 2022/2023 season. Recently he has been focussing more on his film projects: Seberg with Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, and Una with Rooney Mara, which featured at the Telluride Film Festival in 2016. As Resident Director at the Sydney Theatre Company and later at the Schaubühne Berlin, Benedict Andrews has consistently staged new drama and British playwriting. He has presented opera works at houses such as De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, the English National Opera, London, the Komische Oper Berlin and Oper Frankfurt. He shares a long-standing collaboration with costume designer Victoria Behr, who has been accoladed numerous times in the Theater heute monthly magazine as “costume designer of the year”. He now collaborates for the first time with Rufus Didwiszus, who designed his first stage at the Bayerische Staatsoper in the 2021/2022 season for Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Barrie Kosky.



  • 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).