Opera in four acts with an epilogue
New text by S. Gorodetsky
Ivan Susanin, a farmer in the village of Domnino
Antonida, his daughter
Vanya, adopted son Susanin
Bogdan Sobinin, the militiaman, the groom of Antonida
The Polish messenger
Sigismund, King of Poland
Choruses: peasants and peasant women, militia, Polish punks, knights.
Ballet of Polish pilgrims and punks.
The action takes place in the autumn of
The peasants of Domnino’s village happily greeted the militiamen. Only Antonida is sad. She is waiting for the return of her fiancé – Bogdan Sobinin, who with the squad left to smash the Polish gentry. Susanin understands the feelings of his daughter, but he wants to prepare her for the tests, which carries a heavy year. It’s not the time to think about the wedding. Suddenly a song comes from the river. This is back Soboyin and his team. He brought the glad tidings: Minin and Pozharsky headed the Russian army, and from all corners of the city there flocked military men. Peasants rejoice: the hour of liberation is near. Susanin’s decision to postpone the wedding upset Sobinin: for he was back for a wedding in his native village. At first Susanin is adamant, but having learned that the enemies are besieged in Moscow, he gives his consent.
In the ancient Polish castle of King Sigismund III blithely feasted arrogant, confident in his victory gentry. The brightly lit hall is full of merry guests. Suddenly, the dancing is interrupted by the appearance of the messenger. He reports on the defeat of mercenary troops and the siege of the Polish detachment in Moscow. The szlachta is in turmoil. The knights gather in battle, boastfully boast of weapons, swear to subdue the “hated smerds”.
Susanin’s house is being prepared for the wedding of Antonida and Sobinin. Receiving son Susanin Vanya dreams of going along with Sobinin against the Poles. Entered peasants congratulate the bride and groom, Susanin invites them to the wedding. Suddenly, horse trampling is heard. The door swings open and the Poles enter the hut. They need a guide to go to Moscow. In vain the enemies persuade Susanin – he will not become a traitor. Then the Poles offer Susanin gold. Unexpectedly, Susanin agrees: he is overshadowed by the idea of bringing the Poles into the impenetrable forest thicket. Secretly from the enemies, he sends Vanya to warn Minin about the danger and leaves with the Poles. Upon learning of what had happened, Sobinin and his team rushed to pursue their enemies.
Vanya informs the Russian soldiers about the arrival of the Polish detachment. The warriors are determined to defeat the enemies and save Susanin. At the head of the Minin they come forward to meet the enemy.
Deep, impenetrable forests wander tired, frozen Poles. Enemies suspect that Susanin lost his way. Finally, the detachment stops to rest, the Poles fall asleep. Susanin does not sleep. He knows that death awaits him: the Poles feel the truth. It’s hard to die, but he fulfilled his duty. A snowstorm rises, and in the whistling of the wind Susanin chants the voices of the children. It’s getting light. Waking up Poles with horror are convinced that they can not get out of the deaf forest debris. Susanin, triumphantly, opens the terrible truth to the Panamanians. Enraged Poles kill him.
In Moscow, on Red Square, the people are welcomed by Russian troops. Here Vanya, Antonida and Sobinin. The people celebrate liberation and glorify the heroes who gave their lives for the victory over the enemy.