Information on Seat Selection

Best Available Seat Booking
In best available seat booking, you choose a category of seats and select the number of tickets you would like. An automatic allocation of seats will take place within the selected category; you receive the best available seats.
Seating Chart Booking
In seating chart booking, you personally select your exact seats from agraphic seating chart. Begin the seating chart booking and choose an area. There you can select the seats by clicking on them.
General Seating
means that, with your ticket, you can freely select your seat according to the conditions on-site.

Information on Online Sales

Please examine our General Terms and Conditions and our information regarding privacy policy (in German) as well as the following information on ticket pre-sales.
Ticket Pre-sales
Ticket pre-sales for performances at all venues generally begin on the same date two months before the day of the performance. If the first pre-sale date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then pre-sales will begin on that Friday. If it falls on a holiday, then sales will begin the day before. Binding orders with a SEPA Direct Debit mandate will start to be processed two weeks before ticket pre-sales begin. Some events cannot be purchased through online sales. For such cases, please contact our telephone ticket service ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm). Performances outside of the previously mentioned pre-sale periods can be ordered using the online ordering form. Please examine our general information on ticket pre-sales.
Seat Selection
In the course of your booking, information relating to seat selection will be displayed.
Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for online sales include a service fee of 1.00 € per ticket.
Discounts (other than the Schauspielcard)
Please use the alternative sales channels for discounts, as they are not available or applicable for online sales.
Gift Vouchers
Gift certificates can be transferred to third parties and are valid up to three years after the issue date. The period begins on December 31 of the year the certificate has been purchased. An extension of this period is excluded. The disbursement of the certificate value is not possible. The monetary value will be offset against the price (higher differences must be paid). Existing remaining amounts are disbursed as another gift certificate. A later setting-off of a certificate to a purchase already made is not possible. Gift certificates cannot be used for the purchase of further certificates.
Delivery / Pick Up with Confirmation of Purchase
Tickets or gift vouchers can be sent out for a shipping fee of 1.50 €, if the time of the order allows for it. The Staatstheater Stuttgart cannot accept any responsibility for the shipment.
Confirmation of purchase will automatically be sent by email to the address you provided, as soon as purchase of your order has been initiated.
By presenting printed confirmation of purchase, tickets can be picked up at the theatre box office or at the appropriate performance box office; gift vouchers only at the theatre box office (Mon – Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm).
Only printed tickets are valid as passes for means of transport with the VVS. Printed confirmations of purchase will not be accepted as valid ride passes for the VVS.
You can purchase any of our print@home ticket(s) (with the start of season 14/15) at any time and print them out yourself. This booking service is available to you until 1 hour before a performance starts at no additional cost and is specified during the booking via choice of shipping option. After completing the purchasing transaction, the desired ticket will be displayed as a PDF file and can be printed immediately. You will receive a confirmation of purchase at the email address you have provided, with the ticket file as an attachement. The personalization of each ticket with a name and date of birth prevents improper duplication for the protection of the purchaser. Each ticket entitles the holder to one unique admission in conjunction with a valid ID. If there are any questions, please contact our telephone sales office ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90). Operating hours telephone sales office: Mon - Fri 10 am - 08 pm; Sat 10 am - 06 pm.

print@home ticket = transit ticket
Your print@home ticket is valid as a transit ticket for public transportation in the VVS system at no additional cost and will automatically beeig print with your print@home ticket. Please pay attention to the required personalisation during the booking transaction.
Late Seating
may not be possible for certain performances. Our telephone ticket service (0711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm) will be happy to provide you with more information!
Tickets can be paid with credit card (American Express, MasterCard, VISA) or SEPA direct debit (Not for new customers, these should call our ticket-service first (+49) (0)711. 20 20 90).
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First performance this season

Back on stage
22 September 2017
Acts I and II: ca. 1 hour 35 min.
Intermission: ca. 30 min.
Act III: ca. 1 hour 10 min.
Performances, Cast, Tickets
January 2019
06.01.2019 | Cast | Ticket reservation
Prices G
Conductor: Oksana Lyniv, Directing and Dramaturgy: Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Stage and Costume Design: Anna Viebrock, Lighting: Reinhard Traub, Chorus and Children's Chorus: Johannes Knecht, Manuel Pujol

Herman: Gianluca Terranova, Count Tomsky: Gevorg Hakobyan, Count Yeletzky: Petr Sokolov, Chekalinsky: Torsten Hofmann, Surin: Michael Nagl, Chaplitsky: Christopher Sokolowski, Narumov: Jasper Leever, Countess: Helene Schneiderman, Liza: Lise Davidsen, Polina: Stine Marie Fischer, Governess: Maria Theresa Ullrich, Masha: Carina Schmieger, With: Staatsopernchor Stuttgart, Kinderchor der Oper Stuttgart, With: Staatsorchester Stuttgart
09.01.2019 | Cast | Ticket reservation
Prices E
12.01.2019 | Cast | Ticket reservation
Prices F
18.01.2019 | Cast | Ticket reservation
Prices F
25.01.2019 | Cast | Ticket reservation
Prices F
Cast Jan 2019 - Jan 2019
Conductor: Frank Beermann, Oksana Lyniv, Directing and Dramaturgy: Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Stage and Costume Design: Anna Viebrock, Lighting: Reinhard Traub, Chorus and Children's Chorus: Johannes Knecht, Manuel Pujol

Herman: Erin Caves, Gianluca Terranova, Count Tomsky: Gevorg Hakobyan, Count Yeletzky: Shigeo Ishino, Petr Sokolov, Petr Sokolov, Chekalinsky: Torsten Hofmann, Surin: Michael Nagl, David Steffens, Chaplitsky: Moritz Kallenberg, Christopher Sokolowski, Narumov: Padraic Rowan, Jasper Leever, Countess: Helene Schneiderman, Liza: Rebecca von Lipinski, Lise Davidsen, Polina: Stine Marie Fischer, Governess: Maria Theresa Ullrich, Masha: Mirella Bunoaica, Carina Schmieger, With: Staatsopernchor Stuttgart, Kinderchor der Oper Stuttgart, With: Staatsorchester Stuttgart

The Queen of Spades

by Peter Tchaikovsky
in Russian with German supertitles

Tchaikovsky‘s Pique Dame is based on a Alexander Pushkin story by the same name. Similar to the contemporary Dostojewsky with his novels, Tschaikowsky succeeds in transposing into his opera – a delirious psychological profile – motives of Pushkin’s novel into his own present time.
Herman feels haunted by the ghost of a duchess who during her younger years at the French Court, was known and celebrated as the „Muscovite Venus“ and who was then bestowed with the secret of three infallible playing cards. In Herman’s soul, the envisioned victory in gambling more and more replaces the erotic fulfillment of his love for Lisa, until he is finally lead straight into a deadly embrace with the old Duchess.


A introduction is held 45 minutes prior to the start of every performance at the Grand Tier Foyer (Foyer I. Rang).

Photo gallery



A spring day in a poor quarter of Saint Petersburg.
The eccentric Herman confesses to Tomsky that he is in love with Lisa, whom he has only admired from a distance. Herman is encouraged by Tomsky, a newly wealthy social climber, but mocked by his comrades Chekalinsky, Surin, Chaplitsky, and Namurov.
Prince Yeletsky appears and introduces Lisa as his fiancée. Though fascinated by Herman, Lisa has decided not to get involved with him, as only a marriage of convenience to the prince offers her the opportunity to escape her poverty. Herman is stunned. Lisa’s grandmother, the old countess, enters. She is both repelled and fascinated by the sight of Herman – as he is by her.
Tomsky recounts the rumors about the countess’s nickname, “Queen of Spades”: It is said that as a young woman, she caused a stir in Paris as the “Muscovite Venus.” After gambling away her entire fortune, she fell prey to the Count of Saint Germain, who revealed to her the secret of three invincible cards in exchange for a night of love. The countess won everything back and later entrusted the secret to her husband and a lover. However, she was warned by an apparition that a third lover would attempt to learn the secret of the cards, thereby bringing about her death.
Herman is known to watch games of chance all night long but never take part himself. Now his comrades goad him: if he were the old countess’s lover, he could play without putting himself at risk.
Before the wedding, Lisa says goodbye to her friends Polina and Masha and the other women who live in their building. Only when she is alone do her repressed feelings for Herman catch up with her. Suddenly Herman stands before her and threatens to kill himself, saying he cannot live without her. He has to hide, however, at the return of the old countess, who has been spying on her granddaughter. Once Lisa and Herman have been left alone again, she confesses that she loves him too.
To celebrate Lisa’s departure, her neighbors rehearse and put on a play, “The Faithful Shepherdess.” The piece is actually a bitter commentary directed at Lisa: unlike the titular shepherdess, Lisa has chosen money and social advancement over her love for a pauper.
Herman’s comrades continue to shock and unsettle him with their teasing allusions to the old countess. Lisa manages to get away from Prince Yeletsky and smuggle a key to Herman, telling him he can use it to get to her room by way of the countess’s bedroom. He tells her to expect him that night.

More and more, it is the “Muscovite Venus” who captures Herman’s imagination. Coming upon the old countess by surprise, he pleads with her; in her mind, memories of her youthful glory in the courts of France mingle with Herman’s presence. She dies in his arms, without revealing her secret. Rushing in, Lisa sees that Herman’s true interest is not her, but rather the secret of the three cards.
His hopes dashed by the death of the countess, Herman is haunted by dark and feverish imaginings. At their peak, the ghost of the old countess appears and enjoins him to marry Lisa – and teaches him the three infallible cards: the three, the seven, and the ace.
Lisa has given Herman an ultimatum: if he does not visit her by midnight, she will regard him as her grandmother’s murderer. Shortly after midnight, he arrives to take her to the gaming house. Recognizing his madness, she takes her own life.
Herman surprises the other gamblers by asking to join the game. He bets an exorbitant sum and wins with the three, then doubles his winnings in the next round with the seven. No one is willing to play against him until Prince Yeletsky steps up. He has come to avenge himself against Herman for the loss of Lisa. Herman loses: instead of the ace, he has bet on the queen of spades.


© Short film: Tobias Dusche | Photo: A.T. Schaefer, 2016/17