HERMANN, a young officer in love with Lisa: Tenor
COUNTESS, Lisa's grandmother: Mezzo-Soprano
COUNT TOMSKY, Hermann's friend: Baritone
PRINCE YELETSKY, Lisa's fiancé: Baritone
PAULINE, Lisa's friend: Contralto
TCHAPLITSKY, proprietor of the gambling establishment: Tenor
THE GOVERNESS: Mezzo-Soprano
MARY, Lisa's maid: Soprano
CHARACTERS IN THE INTERLUDE
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.