Susanin, Ivan

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(Glinka: A Life for the Tsar). Bass. A peasant, loyal to the Tsar, father of Antonida. Concerned for the future of Russia and its safety from Polish invasion. When Polish soldiers come in search of the Tsar, he leads them into the forest, giving the Tsar chance to escape. When his deception is discovered, he is shot and hailed by his countrymen as a hero. Created (1836) by Osip Petrov.

Subjects: Opera.

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