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THE TSAR’S BRIDE
Opera in four acts
Without choir, one interval
Libretto – N. Rimsky-Korsakov and I. Tyumenev, based on L. Mey’s drama
Stage director – Ivan Popovski
Scenography – Alla Kozhenkova
The opera was composed by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, based on the drama of the same title by Lev Mey. Whereas that plot was taken from “The History of the Russian State” by N. Karamzin, who collected stories about the tragic destiny of Marfa Sobakina, the third wife of Ivan the Terrible. The events take place in the Alexandrovskaya sloboda in 1572 – the capital of oprichniks, where Ivan the Terrible was staying. The composer considered “Tsar’s Bride” one of his best oeuvres.
This is one of the most favourite operas of Galina Vishnevskaya who starred with the part of Marfa in Bolshoi theatre and even staged it already together with Mstislav Rostropovich in the famous Opera Hall of Monte-Carlo in 1986. According to Vishnevskaya “Tsar’s Bride” belongs to the golden fund of the musical culture together with “Boris Godunov”, “Khovanschina”, “Queen of Spades” and “Eugene Onegin”.
The premiere took place in October, 2003. It immediately appeared on the regular reperoire, being highly appraised by both the audience and critics. Also, “Tsar’s Bride” was presented in the project entitled “The Volga Tour” as part of the Fetival named after A. Sakharov in Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Ulyanovsk and Samara (June, 2004) and also at an International festival “May opera soirees” in Skopje, Macedonia in 2006 and at a Russian festival “Novoe Peredvizhnichestvo”.