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The Queen of Spades

Live music & concerts

Last updated date : 05/01/2024

Beyond time, space, and the twists of history, stand three Russian men; poet Alexander Pushkin, composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and director Timofey Kulyabin. With Lisa’s deeply moving portrait, they are the festival’s opening act.

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Timofey Kulyabin openly stands against the war against Ukraine. He left Russia, his shows were cancelled, the latest being Don Pasquale at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He is part of the age-old, brilliant line of Russian directors. The Queen of Spades is his first opera in France; he enhanced the piece’s contemporary character that lies in the notions of love, addiction and madness. As a symbol of the free power of arts and culture, he gathered Russian and Ukrainian singers to perform in this production. After Eugene Onegin and Mazeppa, Tchaikovsky went back to Pushkin’s work to write The Queen of Spades, for which he reached peak Romanticism, mixing lyricism, poetic accents, fantasy and sometimes irony. This work is comparable to that of geniuses such as Gogol, Dostoevsky or Bulgakov. After conducting memorable Russian productions in Lyon, such as Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress or Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, Daniele Rustioni is circling back to his beloved Russian repertoire.

Opera in 3 acts and 7 scenes
Libretto by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky,based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin
First performed in St Petersburg in 1890
New production

With the support of Aline Foriel-Destezet, major patron of the Festival

Stage director : Timofeï Kouliabine
Musical director : Daniele Rustioni

Orchestra, Chorus, and children's chorus of the Opéra de Lyon
Soloists of the Opéra de Lyon

Practical information


Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er


French, Russian


From 10 to 116€.
Lyon City Card et Lyon City Card 365 : 15% off on all the programming from €10, except on gala evenings and on December 31st.
More information from the Opera.


Saturday 16 March 2024 at 7.30 pm.

Tuesday 19 March 2024 at 7.30 pm.

Friday 22 March 2024 at 7.30 pm.

Sunday 24 March 2024 at 4 pm.

Wednesday 27 March 2024 at 7.30 pm.

Saturday 30 March 2024 at 7.30 pm.

Wednesday 3 April 2024 at 7.30 pm.

Live music & concerts

The Queen of Spades

The Lyon Opera House

Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

04 69 85 54 54

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