Lyrical Epic: Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride'

INTRODUCTION: By Lisa Simone





THE HIT SINGLE:  Marfa's Aria

One beautiful example of the opera's lyrical, Italianate vocal writing is heard in the second act aria that introduces Marfa (soprano Olga Peretyatko).  In a floating, almost <em>bel canto</em> style, she sings longingly of the coming reunion with her beloved Likov.





THE B SIDE:  Lyubasha's Aria

Near the end of Act Two, Bomelius agrees to help Lyubasha (mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya), but the price for his assistance is Lyubasha herself.  She decides to accept his terms and sings this despairing aria, recognizing the shameful situation to which Gryaznoy has driven her.