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

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Soprano Albina Shagimuratova in <em>A Life for the Tsar</em> from the Montpellier Festival.

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Subtitled "Ivan Susanin," Mikhail Glinka's vivid, patriotic drama A Life for the Tsar, tells the story of a humble peasant who sacrificed himself to save the Russian tsar early in the 1600s. The score became so popular that it was quickly installed as the annual, season-opening opera in St. Petersburg.

Host Lisa Simeone presents a performance starring bass Gennadi Bezzubenkov as Ivan Susanin, and soprano Albina Shagimuratova as his daughter Antonida, in a production from the Montpellier Festival, led by conductor Alexander Vedernikov.

Cast:

Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov

Ivan Susanin: Gennadi Bezzunbenkov (bass)

Antonida: Albina Shagimuratova (soprano)

Sobinin: Dmytro Popov (tenor)

Vanya: Alisa Kolosova (mezzo-soprano)

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus