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19:00 The Tsar’s Bride
Opera in four acts by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 210 min (with one interval). Libretto by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Ilya Tyumenev based on Lev Mey’s play of the same name. Music Director: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Stage Director: Julia Pevzner. Sung in Russian with English subtitles. Martha, the daughter of the Novgorod merchant Sobakin, is to marry the boyar Likov; but Gryaznoi, one of Ivan the Terrible's bodyguard, has sworn that she shall be his, and obtains from Bomely, the Tsar's doctor, a potion with which he intends to destroy her memory. His discarded mistress Lyuba, aided by Bomely, substitutes another concoction that is to mar her beauty. This Martha drinks. Meantime, in accordance with a royal custom, Ivan the Terrible has been endeavoring unseen to select a bride. His choice falls upon Martha. When she hears from Gryaznoi that Likov, her betrothed, has been executed for attempting to poison her, she loses her reason. Lyuba, confessing to her act, is stabbed by Gryaznoi, who gives himself up to justice.
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