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15 January 2019 (Tue), 19:00 Moscow theatre "New Opera" - Opera Mikhail Glinka "A life for the Tsar" (Opera in concert)

Schedule for Mikhail Glinka "A life for the Tsar" (Opera in concert) 2019

Light Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Composer: Mikhail Glinka
Chorus Master: Valery Borisov
Stage Director: Evgeny Pisarev
Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin
Costume Designer: Olga Shaishmelashvili

Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the "New Opera" Theatre


(Note that the Act IV and the Epilogue contain more than one set of stage decor.)

Act I.

On a street in the village of Domnino, Antonida is eager to marry Sobinin, but her father Susanin refuses permission until a Russian has been duly chosen to take the Tsars throne. When Sobinin informs him that the Grand Council in Moscow has chosen a Tsar, everyone celebrates.

Act II.

A Life for the Tsar In a sumptuous hall in Poland, the nobility are celebrating the Polish dominance over the Russians with singing and dancing. Suddenly a messenger comes in, with the news that Mikhail Romanov has been selected as the Tsar of Russia and is now in hiding. The Poles vow to overthrow him.

Act III.

In Susanins cottage. Susanin and his adopted son Vanya pledge to defend the new Tsar. Susanin blesses Sobinin and Antonida on their upcoming wedding. A detachment of Polish soldiers bursts in, demanding to know where the Tsar is hiding. Susanin, in order to protect the Tsar, tells Vanya aside that he will lead them off the trail, and sends Vanya off to warn him. Pretending to help them, Susanin goes off with the Poles. Antonida is devastated. Sobinin gathers some men to go on a mission to rescue Susanin.

Act IV.

In a dense forest, Sobinin reassures his men of the rightness of their mission. Night falls. In a part of the forest near a monastery, Vanya knocks at the gates and alerts the inhabitants to spirit the Tsar away. Into an impassable, snow-covered area of the forest Susanin has led the suspicious Polish troops. The Poles sleep while Susanin waits for the dawn and bids farewell to his children. A blizzard sets in, and when day breaks, the Poles awake. When they realize that Susanin has deceived them, they kill him.


Across the stage walks a crowd of people, celebrating the triumph of the new Tsar. Alone in their own solemn procession, Antonida, Sobinin, and Vanya mourn Susanin. A detachment of Russian troops comes upon them and, after discovering their connection with Susanin, comforts them. The scene changes to Red Square, where the people proclaim glory to the Tsar and to Susanins memory.

Schedule for Mikhail Glinka "A life for the Tsar" (Opera in concert) 2019

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