Mikhail Glinka's "Ruslan and Lyudmila," 1842 - the work that marked the birth of Russian national opera.
Libretto by the composer and Valeryan Shirkov after the poem by Alexander Pushkin.
Recording: Moscow, Bolshoi Theatre, 1978/79.
Grand Prince Svetozar - Valery Yaroslavtsev, bass
Lyudmila, Svetozr's daughter - Bela Rudenko, soprano
Ruslan, Kievan knight - Yevgeny Nesterenko, bass
Ratmir, Khazar prince - Tamara Sinyavskaya, mezzo-soprano
Farlaf, Varangian knight - Boris Morozov, bass
Gorislava, Ratmir's slave - Nina Fomina, soprano