Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Tsar's Bride is a cinemadaptation of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Tsarskaya Nevesta, itself based on a play by Lev Aleksandrovich May. The plot involves the efforts of a beautiful aristocrat to avoid an arranged marriage with the despotic Ivan the Terrible. The Tsar's bodyguard, in love with the girl, conspires with a German scientist to ply the bride-to-be with a love potion. Alas, the potion is replaced with poison by the bodyguard's jealous mistress. The principal roles are sung by Raisa Nedashkovskaya, Otar Koberidze and Natalya Rudnaya, with backup provided by the Bolshoi Theater Chorus.
aristocrat, bodyguard, jealousy, love-potion, marriage-arranged, mistress, poison