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1 (Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades) Sop. Granddaughter of the old Countess, recently engaged to Prince Yeletsky. (In Pushkin's novel, from which the libretto was adapted, Lisa was a ward of the Countess, not a relative, but she was upgraded in order to put her on a higher social standing than Hermann, who had to be wealthy in order to be worthy of her, hence his desperate need to win money.) Hermann has seen her and fallen in love with her and she is unable to resist him when he declares his feelings. She gives him a key to her room, and on his way there he passes through the Countess's quarters and demands from the old lady the secret of the three cards. The Countess dies of fright and Lisa realizes that, even though he loves her, Hermann has been using her to get to the Countess to satisfy his gambling needs. She drowns herself in the Winter Canal. Aria: Zachem zhe eti slyozi? (‘Why these tears?’); Akh, istomilas ya gorem (‘Ah, I am worn out by grief’). Created (1890) by Medea Mei‐Figner (she was pregnant at the time; her husband created Hermann).

2 (Bellini: La sonnambula). Sop. Hostess of the village inn. In love with Elvino and jealous of Amina, who is to marry him. Does her best to cause trouble between them. Created (1831) by Elisa Taccani.

3 (Lehár: The Land of Smiles). See Lichtenfels, Lisa.

Subjects: Opera.

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