The Queen of Spades

Butler Opera Center


An red-headed Queen of Spades emerging from clouds.

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky after Alexander Pushkin  

Garnett Bruce, director
Douglas Kinney Frost, conductor

Sung in Russian.

What do you call a person consumed with gambling, but who never places a bet? Tchaikovsky called him Hermann, a Russian soldier obsessed with the three cards that won a countess her fortune. Her mystery cards, however, are a secret that will ultimately drive Hermann to the brink of madness. With the lives of friends and lovers strewn along the way, Hermann finally takes a seat at the card table, and declares: “Life is but a game.” In games, there are winners and there are losers; when that third card is revealed, which will Hermann be?   


See All Upcoming Events

Event Status
April 19, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
April 21, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
April 26, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
April 28, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

All University of Texas at Austin students are allowed one free ticket as long as they are available. Student tickets must be picked up at the Box Office with valid student I.D. Seating is unassigned. There are four wheelchair spaces available in McCullough Theater.

Event Types
Opera Vocal Arts