Petr Iljič Čajkovskij

The Queen of Spades

Mahen Theatre / Opera 28/02/2022 19:00 - 22:10

Sung in Russian with Czech and English subtitles.

Length of performance is 3h 15min.

A passion for playing games kills relationships!

Three, seven, ace… three cards that always win. A secret which drives the young tsarist official Hermanto sacrifice his amorous relationship with young Liza and even to murder. His thirst for money and social status  destroys the lives of all people around him and  drives him to insanity and suicide in the end. Tchaikovsky’s penultimate opera was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and, as in the case of Eugen Onegin, the composer used the literary legacy of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. However, Tchaikovsky substantially changed Pushkin’s story and even wrote texts to some of the arias. Although the composer created  The Queen of Spades in only 44 days, it is obviously a work of an experienced opera composer and dramatist.  He introduced a masterly psychological depiction of the main characters into the, originally romantic, story of a great love with a mystic plot, adding many dramatic as well as lyrical musical scenes. The Queen of Spades truly belongs among the most successful of Tchaikovsky’s operas.

The performance contains stroboscopic effects.

Premiere 17th February 2018, Mahen Theatre

Video: Rozhovor se Soňou Červenou – 1. část

Video: Rozhovor se Soňou Červenou – 2. část


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Production team

Robert Kružík Musical Preparation, Conductor
Ondrej Olos Conductor
Martin Glaser Director
Pavel Borák Set Design
Markéta Sládečková Costume Design
Martin Špetlík Lighting Design
Pavel Koňárek Chorus Master
Martin Pacek Movement Collaboration


When do we play?

Mahen Theatre / Opera Petr Iljič Čajkovskij

The Queen of Spades

  • 28/02/2022
  • 19:00 - 22:10