The tale of tsar saltan russian skazka o tsare saltane is an opera in four acts with a prologue a total of seven scenes by nikolai rimsky korsakov the libretto was written by vladimir belsky and is based on the poem of the same name by aleksandr pushkin . Tsar saltan is a mini epic that begins with three sisters the youngest of whom marries the tsar himself her sisters become jealous of her however and when she gives birth to a son the prince guidon her sisters arrange to have mother and child sealed up in a barrel and cast into the sea. The tale of tsar saltan long ago in a faraway kingdom three sisters were outside in the courtyard talking imagining what they would do if they were married to tsar saltan one said that she would prepare a great feast for the entire world. the tale of tsar saltan with english subtitles to select english or russian subtitles use settings. Originally composed to celebrate pushkins centenary the full title of the work the tale of tsar saltan of his son the renowned and mighty bogatyr prince gvidon saltanovich and of the beautiful princess swan is indicative of the fantastical content of the opera it is an old fashioned russian treat for the eyes
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