THE QUEEN OF SPADES

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Start: 8:00 PM

Opera in three acts by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Salzburg Festival 2018, Großes Festspielhaus – in Russian). A co-production by SERVUS TV, NHK and UNITEL

Mariss Jansons conducts Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades.
Mariss Jansons conducts Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades.
The grand master of provocative directors, Hans Neuenfels, returns to the Salzburg Festival for the first time since 2001. Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades is set in Saint Petersburg in the late 18th century. During a game of cards the story is told of a countess who in her youth at the French court was idolized as the ‘Vénus moscovite’, and mysteriously won game after game with three magic cards. The protagonist Hermann is immediately enthralled by the secret of these three cards. The son of a German immigrant, he is a stranger in St Petersburg and has only loose social connections – an outsider, a ‘strange person’, as they say. Already infatuated with Liza, the countess’s granddaughter, he now finally spirals out of control. It is as if the dark side of the world is inclining towards him and setting in train other laws. Playing with cards, as he is soon to learn, is perilous; the highest stake is his own soul.

Cast

Conductor: Mariss Jansons | Director: Hans Neuenfels | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 165 Minuten | Featuring: Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann), Vladislav Sulimsky (Count Tomsky), Evgenia Muraveva (Liza), Igor Golovatenko (Prince Yeletsky), Hanna Schwarz (Countess)