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Composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Libretto Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Ilya Tyumenev, based on Lev Mey’s play of the same name

Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus

Chorus master Valery Borisov

The Tsar’s Bride might be Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular opera inside Russia, but this work from 1899 remains a gem to be discovered in much of the rest of the world. A passionate story based on the true tale of Marfa, the ill-fated bride of Ivan the Terrible, its musical variety, arias, ensembles, and grand subject matter make it a perfect fit for the company’s brilliant soloists and the resplendent Bolshoi Orchestra and Chorus.

“An upfront rumbustious melodrama, packed with big tunes and thrilling climaxes.”
Telegraph (U.K.)

This performance is approximately three hours, with one intermission./p>

The Tsar’s Bride Cast

July 12
Elchin Azizov, baritone (Grigory Gryaznoy)
Oleg Tsybilco, bass (Malyuta Skuratov)
Roman Shulakov, tenor (Lykov)
Marat Gali, tenor (Bomelius)
Agunda Kulaeva, mezzo-soprano (Lyubasha)
Venera Gimadieva, soprano (Marfa)
Elena Novak, mezzo-soprano (Dunyasha)
Anna Matsey, mezzo-soprano (Petrovna)
Vladimir Matorin, bass (Sobakin)
Irina Rubtsova, soprano (Domna Saburova)

July 13
Alexander Kasiyanov, baritone (Grigory Gryaznoy)
Nikolay Kazansky, bass (Malyuta Skuratov)
Bogdan Volkov, tenor (Lykov)
Stanislav Mostovoi, tenor (Bomelius)
Svetlana Shilova, mezzo-soprano (Lyubasha)
Olga Kulchinskaya, soprano (Marfa)
Alexandra Chukhina, mezzo-soprano (Dunyasha)
Anna Matsey, mezzo-soprano (Petrovna)
Alexander Naumenko, bass (Sobakin)
Irina Udalova, soprano (Domna Saburova)

The Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus

The Tsar’s Bride

July 12–13
Avery Fisher Hall

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