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The Tsar’s Bride
About the performance

In the summer of 1898, when work on the composition was at its peak, it was decided that the premiere would take place at Mamontov's Private Russian Opera in Moscow. The part of Marfa was written by the composer taking into account the voice of Nadezhda Zabela-Vrubel, who sang at Mamontov’s Opera. The premiere was held on the 22nd of October 1899. The performance designed by Mikhail Vrubel, was staged by one of the founders of the domestic opera directorship, Vasiliy Shkafer, who later held the position of head director at the Bolshoi.

The Tsar’s Bride is the ninth opera by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov and his third reference to the historic dramaturgy of Lev Mei. The composer’s operatic debut was The Maid of Pskov (Pskovityanka), but a year before The Tsar’s Bride a one act opera The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga was created. The plays by Mei that had left the stage of drama theatres a long time earlier remained in the public consciousness due to the stupendous musical realisation of the operas by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Premiered on February 22, 2014.

Performed with one interval.

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

Choreographer
Ekaterina Mironova

Sets based on the sketches by Fyodor Fedorovsky (1955)

Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 20 minutes
Language:
Russian

Sung in Russian with English surtitles.

Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Alexander Krasnov as Gryaznoy.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Andrei Potaturin as Gryaznoy.

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A scene from the performance.

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Bekhzod Davronov as Lykov.

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Valery Gilmanov as Malyuta Skuratov.

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Elena Manistina as Lyubasha.

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Andrei Potaturin as Gryaznoy. Roman Muravitsky as Bomelius.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Lyubasha.

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Svetlana Shilova as Lyubasha. Alexander Krasnov as Gryaznoy.

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Elena Novak as Dunyasha. Olga Kulchinskaya as Marfa.

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Ilya Selivanov as Lykov.

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Olga Seliverstova as Marfa. Elena Novak as Dunyasha.

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Anna Bondarevskaya as Dunyasha. Svetlana Lachina as Marfa.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Lyubasha.

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Ksenia Dudnikova as Lyubasha.

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Kristina Mkhitaryan as Marfa. Vladimir Matorin as Sobakin.

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Elena Manistina as Lyubasha.

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Roman Shulakov as Lykov. Anna Matsey as Petrovna. Alexander Naumenko as Sobakin. Anna Aglatova as Marfa. Elena Manistina as Lyubasha.

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Elena Manistina as Lyubasha. Stanislav Mostovoy as Bomelius.

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Elchin Azizov as Gryaznoy.

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Denis Makarov as Sobakin. Irina Rubtsova as Saburova.

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Gevorg Hakobyan as Gryaznoy.

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A scene from the performance.

Photo by Mikhail Logvinov.

Alexander Naumenko as Sobakin. Anna Aglatova as Marfa.

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Olga Seliverstova as Marfa.

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Vladimir Matorin as Sobakin. Alexander Kasyanov as Gryaznoy. Olga Kulchinskaya as Marfa.

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Venera Gimadieva as Marfa.

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Olga Kulchinskaya as Marfa.

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Agunda Kulaeva as Lyubasha. Alexander Kasyanov as Gryaznoy.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Cast
23 March
2023

Thursday, 19:00

22 March
2023

Wednesday, 19:00

15 January
2023

Sunday, 14:00

14 January
2023

Saturday, 19:00

30 September
2022

Friday, 19:00

29 September
2022

Thursday, 19:00

28 September
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

03 July
2022

Sunday, 14:00

02 July
2022

Saturday, 19:00

30 January
2022

Sunday, 14:00

29 January
2022

Saturday, 19:00

28 January
2022

Friday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

The Carousal

Chamber in Oprichnik Grigory Gryaznoy’s house. Grigory is desperate: he has fallen passionately in love with Marfa, daughter of the merchant Sobakin, but she is already betrothed to the young boyar Ivan Lykov. In order to put his love out of his mind, Grigory called some guests to a drinking-party. One of them is the Tsar’s foreign physician Bomelius, the other is Lykov.

The guests arrive, led by Malyuta Skuratov, Gryaznoy’s friend. Lykov who just returned to Russia, tells the assembled company of the life abroad. The guests sing the praises of their sovereign, Ivan the Terrible, drink and dance.

Schedule and tickets
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22 March
Wednesday
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19:00
23 March
Thursday
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19:00
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