The Queen of Spades

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Queen of Spades




August 2, 4*, 6, 9*, 11, 13 at 7.30pm

New production by Opera Holland Park

Opera in three acts

Sung in Russian with English surtitles

Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky

With the City of London Sinfonia

Running times
Performance starts at 7:30pm with a 15 minute interval. Performance will finish at 10:30pm.

*Concession date

Ticket Prices

Pricing details are subject to change.


The romance of Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin is an evergreen staple of the repertoire today, but rarely did his genius find better expression than in this psychological melodrama of breathtaking intensity and beauty.

Many theories exist as to the motivations behind The Queen of Spades, of how it perhaps charts the composer’s own personal turmoil, but whatever lies behind the opera’s magnificent narrative, it provides the operatic stage with one if the greatest musical dramas of all time and a collection of deeply flawed and haunting characters.

Hermann is seeking the secret of the winning cards and it is such an obsession that all before him – his love for Liza, (herself betrothed to another), comradeship, life itself, becomes secondary. The result of his slow descent into madness is death and suicide.

Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music is febrile and inspired, his characters acutely drawn and the opera remains one of the great masterpieces of all Russian opera.

Search on the web (arias given English and Russian titles):

“I don’t even know her name”»(Ya imyeni yeyo nye znayu), “Once in Versailles (Three Cards)” (Odnazhdï v Versalye), “Why these tears” (Otkuda eti slyozï), “Forgive me, celestial creature” (Prosti, nyebesnoye sozdanye),  “I love you beyond measure” (Ya vas lyublyu) “I am worn out by grief” (Akh! istomilas ya goryem), “If pretty girls could fly like birds” (Yesli b milïye dyevitsï), “What is our life? A game!” (Shto nasha zhizn? Igra!)


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Cast and Creatives


Lighting Designer
Chorus Master
Peter Robinson
Rodula Gaitanou
Cordelia Chisholm

Simon Corder
Jamie Neale
Philip Voldman


Count Tomsky
Prince Yeletsky

Master of Ceremonies
Peter Wedd
Natalya Romaniw
Rosalind Plowright OBE
Richard Burkhard
Grant Doyle
Laura Woods
Daisy Brown
Aled Hall
Simon Wilding
Laura Zigmantaite
Oliver Brignall
Henry Grant Kerswell
Timothy Langston