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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Publisher: AMP

Pique-Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1890)
Work Notes
G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by Rosa Newmarch for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.
Text Writer
Libretto by Modeste Tchaikovsky after Pushkin’s story (1834). English translation by Rosa Newmarch.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pique-Dame (The Queen of Spades) (1890)

Cast List:
   HERMANN, a young officer in love with Lisa: Tenor
   LISA: Soprano
   COUNTESS, Lisa's grandmother: Mezzo-Soprano
   COUNT TOMSKY, Hermann's friend: Baritone
   PRINCE YELETSKY, Lisa's fiancé: Baritone
   PAULINE, Lisa's friend: Contralto
   SOURIN, Officer
   NAROUMOV, Officer
   TCHAPLITSKY, proprietor of the gambling establishment: Tenor
   THE GOVERNESS: Mezzo-Soprano
   MARY, Lisa's maid: Soprano
   MAJOR-DOMO: Tenor

   CHLOE: Soprano
   DAPHNIS: Contralto
   PLUTUS: Baritone

   Promenaders, Lisa's Friends, Servants, Gamblers, etc.

Hermann, a young officer, wants to marry Lisa, the granddaughter of a Countess known as The Queen of Spades who is said to know the secret of winning at cards. Hermann tries to find out the Countess’s secret in order that he can raise enough money to marry Lisa. Although the Countess dies before telling him, her ghost appears and reveals the secret to him. Hermann’s increasing obsession with winning at cards costs him his possessions, his betrothed and eventually his own life.

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