Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride',
reviewed by ROBERT HUGILL
Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Tsar's Bride, which was written in 1899 when the composer was in his fifties, was the composer's attempt to move away from the mythological fantasy operas for which he had become well known. In moving away from Wagnerian influence as well, Rimsky-Korsakov looked to Italian opera for his models. So that The Tsar's Bride has ensembles, duets, trios and even a mad scene; as such it wasn't quite what his critics had anticipated or wanted...
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