Opera - Boris Godunov (Highlights)
MODEST PETROVICH MUSSORGSKY
Boris Godunov Highlights
(based on the initial version of 1869)
Libretto by the composer, based on Pushkin's historical tragedy of the same name and Karamzin's History of the Russian State
English translation by David Lloyd-Jones
Shuisky: 'Long life to our Tsar Boris Feodorovich!'
Boris: 'My soul is sad'
Varlaam: 'By the walls of Kazan the mighty fortress'
Xenia: 'Ah, my dear betrothed'
Boris: 'I stand supreme in power'
Boris: 'What is it?'
Boris: 'Ugh! Give me air!'
St Basil Scene
Men: 'What, has the service finished?'
Women: 'Merciful, gracious Tsar'
Boyars: 'Sad, Shuisky is not with us'
Pimen: 'A humble hermit'
Boris: 'Farewell, my son'
John Tomlinson bass - Boris
Stuart Kale tenor - Prince Shuisky
Clive Bayley bass - Varlaam
Joan Rodgers soprano - Xenia
Susan Parry mezzo-soprano - Feodor
Yvonne Howard mezzo-soprano - The Old Nurse
Mark Curtis tenor - Simpleton
Matthew Best bass - Pimen
Brian Cookson tenor - Boyar
Edward Thornton baritone - Mitiukha
Stephen Dawson baritone - Shchelkalov
Martin Fitzpatrick chorus master
Simon Lindley chorus master
8-10 June 1997