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The Tsar's Bride - Royal Opera House

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Venue Information
Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Bow Street

Seating Plan


(3 mins) The Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.

The Tsar's Bride

Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” returns to the stage in a new production from Paul Curran at the Royal Opera House. It is a production that is as likely to attract audiences armed with concert tickets as it is likely to earn widespread praise, from the talented performers that make up the cast to the renown which is felt for the original text. But then it is a piece that has been seen all over the world since it was first performed in 1899 and whilst it is not a common part of the repertoire there is no doubting the place it has in the hearts of opera fans everywhere.

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov first put together “The Tsar’s Bride” back in 1898, though the idea goes back much further, and it would eventually premiere in Moscow in 1899. Since then it has been performed in Russia on numerous occasions and this continues right up to the modern day. The plot focuses on Ivan the Terrible as he selects his new bride as Marfa, with the decision causing disaster by way of distress and death. It is a compelling piece and appears during a season at the Royal Opera House that also includes Aida and Fidelio, among others.

It is likely to be a stand-out show at the Royal Opera house and with Paul Curran directing the cast includes Marina Poplavavskaya as Marfa, Johan Reuter as Grigory, Eaterina Gubanova as Lyubasha and Dmitry Popov as Ivan, plus many others.

The Tsar’s Bride runs at the Royal Opera House from Thursday 14th April 2011 and continues until Monday 2nd May 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 14th April 2011
Booking Until: Monday, 2nd May 2011
Evenings: Various dates and times
Running Time: 3 hours
Show Status: production_closed
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