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The Tsar's Bride (Carskaja Nevesta)

Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov

Opera in four acts
Libretto by Il’ija Tijumenev

New Production

In coproduction with Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin


From 2 to 14 March 2014

Running Time: 2 hours 58 minutes intermission included

Sung in Russian with electronic libretto in Italian, English, Russian


Notes on the performancesOpen 
As soon as he sets his eyes upon her the tsar chooses a beautiful girl to be his tsarina. But another two suitors are also in love with her, of which one is desirable to the girl. It is not hard to imagine that they all die, since this is no ordinary tsar: this is Ivan the Terrible, one of the least understanding of Russian rulers. In the final scene, the betrothed bride rants like a Muscovite “Lucia” in the grips of a sweet madness, under the effects of an alchemical powder that should make the beautiful girl become horrible. But this historic opera on the cruel Russian Middle-Ages is not all doom and gloom. In fact, Rimsky-Korsakov brings it to life with spectacular choruses, songs and celebrations; and shakes it up with contrasting passion and profound humanity. Daniel Barenboim returns to his Russian roots in conducting this opera that has never before been seen at La Scala, but which is extremely pleasing musically and has an enchanting orchestration. It is directed by Russian Dmitri Tcherniakov, in a major production that is co-produced with Berlin.


Daniel Barenboim
Staging and sets
Dmitri Tcherniakov
Elena Zilseva
Gleb Filschtinsky


Vasilij Stepanovič Sobakin
Anatoly Kotscherga
Olga Peretyatko
Grigorij Grigor'evič Griaznoj
Johannes Martin Kränzle
Maljuta Skuratov
Tobias Schabel
Ivan Sergeevich Lykov
Pavel Černoch
Marina Prudenskaya
Elisej Bomelij
Stephan Rügamer
Domna Ivanovna Saburova
Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Anna Lapkovskaja
Carola Höhn
Teatro alla Scala