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The Oprichnik

Libretto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky after the tragedy by Ivan Lazhechnikov.
The era of Ivan the Terrible left a bloody mark on Russian history. The tsar saw traitors everywhere, and his oprichniki — the guardsmen — received special powers to fight them. These petty noblemen carried out reprisals against apostates without trial. A thirst for revenge for his ruined family pushes young boyar Andrei Morozov to join the ranks of these imperial guards. But this act leads to unimaginable consequences.
   The world première of the opera took place on 12 April 1874 in St. Petersburg, conducted by Eduard Napravnik. Director Sergey Novikov, stage designer Alexander Kupalian, and conductor Alexander Soloviev are working on the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s production.
The Oprichnik