The Queen of Spades (1887) by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky. Libretto by composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky, and is based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin.
Obsessed with gambling, Herman regularly watches his friends play cards but himself never places bets. Overhearing a story about a secret of three winning cards, known only to an old Countess who is also the grandmother of Herman's love interest Liza, he now becomes obsessed with finding out the secret.
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