The Queen of Spades: Synopsis, Character Map

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The Queen of Spades, Pique Dame: Summary

A young officer, Herman, falls in love at first sight with Liza. But she has a fiancée. Herman hears a rumor among his friends that the Countess knows three cards that will always win the card game.

Instead of choosing her fiancé, Liza loves Herman. She calls him to her room near the Countesses. Herman tries to ask her about the secret of the cards and kills her.

The Ghostly Countess tells Herman the secret of the three cards: 3, 7, and Ace. Liza sees Herman delirious, possessed by the magic of the cards. She dies in despair.

Herman goes to the gambling hall. He bets on 3, 7, and Ace, but the card he thinks is the Ace is the Queen of Spades. Losing everything, Herman shoots himself in the chest with a gun.

The Queen of Spades, Pique Dame: Character Map

The Queen of Spades, Pique Dame: Character Map
The Queen of Spades, Pique Dame: Character Map

The Queen of Spades, Pique Dame: Roles

Hermanan officertenor
Lizasoprano
Countessmezzo-soprano
Count Tomskytenor
Prince Yeletskybaritone
PolinaLiza’s friendcontralto
ChekalinskyHerman’s colleaguetenor
SurinHerman’s colleaguebass
  • Native title: Пиковая дама
  • Composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Librettist: Modest Tchaikovsky
  • Based on: The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin
  • Language: Russian
  • Premiere: March 29, 1890, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg
  • Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (Act 1: 60 minutes, Act 2: 60 minutes, Act 3: 40 minutes)
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