23rd July

Concert will begin at 18:00 hours GMT

Glinka's 'A Life for the Tsar' from Montpellier

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Glinka's 'A Life for the Tsar' as it is known in English, although its original name was Ivan Susanin  is a 'patriotic-heroic tragic opera' in four acts with an epilogue. The original Russian libretto, based on historical events, was written by Nestor Kukolnik, Georgy Fyodorovich Rozen, Vladimir Sollogub and Vasily Zhukovsky. The historical basis of the plot involves Ivan Susanin, a patriotic hero of the early 17th century who gave his life in the expulsion of the invading Polish army for the newly elected Tsar Mikhail, the first of the Romanov dynasty, elected in 1613. Performers:

Gennadi Bezzubenkov: Ivan Susanin.
?lbina Shagimouratova: Antonida, his daughter.
Alisa Kolosova, Vania: his adopted son.
Dmytro Popov, Bogdan Sobinine: Antonida's fiance.
Piotr Migunov: Polish messager.
Andrej Valentij: a regimental commander Polish and Russian soldier in the Epilogue.

Chorus of Radio France. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Conductor:
Alexander Verdernikov.

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