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The Tsar’s Bride:Bolshoi theater (Moscow) opera @home - Virtual

Hosted by a member of the Cologne Music Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Wed 01 Apr 18:00 - 21:30

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The Bolshoi Theater is online now with the previously performed opera and ballet.

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Sung in Russian with English subtitles.

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

When Gryaznoy’s request to marry the beautiful Marfa is rejected by her father, because she is already engaged, Gryaznoy cannot let it go. He commissions aand love potion from a foreign physician, and plans to give it to Marfa at her engagement party. His plot has been observed by his mistress, Lyubasha, a woman who has sacrificed everything for him, and whom he now repays with silence and bitterness. Lyubasha makes her own deal with the physician, and commissions a poison that will slowly take away someone’s beauty, swapping Gryaznoy’s potion for her own poison.

Despite being set against the backdrop of 16th century Russia, with its terrifying ruler Ivan IV, and the constant threat of the Oprichnina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride is, at its heart, an opera about intense human emotion, and how lust and jealousy lead to the destruction of so many lives.

Performed with one interval.
Running time: 3 hours 30 minutes.

All the performances are in Russian with English subtitles.
Available to watch for 24 hours from the end of the broadcast.

Enjoy and have a nice evening!