The 2021 season’s most spectacular opera is not a blood and guts depiction of Tsarist terror but, at its heart is a tender story of the all-powerful ruler re-discovering his long-lost illegitimate daughter. What we see on-stage is Ivan described in the most tender terms as a passionate lover in the Prologue, and then in its final scene as an emotional father with his daughter.

Ivan the Terrible @ Grange Park Opera

Opera giant David Pountney directs a truly international cast including Mariinsky conductor Tatarnikov.

Ivan the Terrible is a spectacle, a hidden gem, with expansive music, passionate plot and vivid crowd scenes.