Monday, August 5, 2019 - 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

Evgenia Muraveva as Lisa, granddaughter of the countess.
Evgenia Muraveva as Lisa, granddaughter of the countess.
For his comeback at the Salzburg Festival, Hans Neuenfels eschewed all provocation and staged Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades as an opulent costume drama. On the conductor’s podium, Mariss Jansons demonstrated what a good fit the piece is for him. The opera is set in St. Petersburg in the late 18th century. Over a game of cards, there is talk of a Countess who mysteriously won one game after another, using three magical cards. Suddenly, the protagonist Herman is enthralled by the secret of these three playing cards. Already deeply in love with Lisa, the grand-daughter of the Countess, he now completely loses control. It is as if the dark side of the world stoops to sweep him up, setting in motion its own laws. The game of the cards, he soon learns, is life-threatening; the highest stake being one’s own soul.


Conductor: Mariss Jansons | Director: Hans Neuenfels | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 183 Minutes | Featuring: Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann), Vladislav Sulimsky (Count Tomsky), Evgenia Muraveva (Liza), Igor Golovatenko (Prince Yeletsky), Hanna Schwarz (Countess)