Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride is one of my favorite operas. The role of Lyubasha, portrayed by Olga Borodina, is quite complex: is she a villain or not? Marfa's mad scene in the end is another highlight, filled with nostalgia and pity. Her high Ab, beautifully done by Marina Shaguch, sits over the orchestra and is filled with the emotion from the scene. Borodina's rendition of Lyubasha's song is perfectly on tune and her phrazing and tone is good as well. Hvorovstovsky's Gryaznoy is average. He is often quite sharp in the first act, and his dynamics are not as broad as I would have liked.