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.
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