Imagine the following: a countess, who happens to be the grandmother of your sweetheart, possesses the mysterious ability to win at any game of cards. You are Hermann, an outsider. How far will you go to wrest this secret from her? What do you hope to obtain from this source of profit? Power? Fame? Money? Or even love? This is the starting point for Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. The opera was written during probably the most difficult period in Tchaikovsky's life, when he himself was already beginning to sense how hard he would have to work for his own happiness. Now it is Kirill Petrenko together with Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier who will be reshuffling the cards.