Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

A czar consumed by guilt over the murder that brought him to Russia’s throne in 1598 is the subject of Mussorgsky's masterpiece. It features arguably the greatest bass role ever created, sung here by Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut. 

Lyric favorites Andrea Silvestrelli and Raymond Aceto join Furlanetto in this opera that boasts not just one but three great bass roles. The Czech tenor Štefan Margita is Shuisky, the Czar’s duplicitous advisor.

With its lush, dark score that echoes Russian folk and liturgical music, and dark political intrigue, Godunov is a story that holds resonance for modern times.


Boris    Ferruccio Furlanetto
Shuisky   Štefan Margita
Pimen    Andrea Silvestrelli
Varlaam   Raymond Aceto
Grigori    Erik Nelson Werner
Tchelkalov   Ljubomir Puškari
Missail    David Cangelosi

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Julia Pevzner
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Comments [4]

Robert Poda from New York

Thank you Ms. Richman!

In listening to the broadcast, the version they are performing is, indeed the earlier version without the Polish Act and, therefore, the reason for no Marina. I also read the commentary from the Lyric Opera of Chicago website, which is very insightful and worth reading, in case you haven't seen it.

Thanks again!

Robert Poda

Jun. 02 2012 01:22 PM
Vicki Richman from Sugar Hill, Harlem

To Mr: Poda:

It's possibile that the Chicago Lyric mounted Mussorgsky's original version, which was panned for lacking a female lead. To mollify his critics, Mussorgsky added the Marina character three years later, in 1871.

The Marina character is not cited on the Chicago Lyric web site:

Let's listen and find out.

Jun. 02 2012 12:12 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

MODESTE MOUSSORGSKI in his BORIS GODOUNOV has achieved a composition which hasmost of the themes, emotional as well as political as well as social as well as ROMANCE itself. One of the greatest of BORIS's was onje of my MET OPERA legends teachers. Humorously, Sasha [Kipnis], related to me and I saw it myself an LP RECORDING OF BORIS IN iTALIAN WITH PINZA HAD KIPNIS'S COLOR PICTURE IN COSTUME AS BORIS ON ITS COVER !!! Kipnis sang the role in Russian. In those days different members of the cast might be singing in the original Russian or in their Italian or German translations. I myself sang the role of Dmitri in the first performance of an English adaptation by John Gutman, then second in command at the Met, under Rudolf Bing. Maestro Siegfried Landau conducted. Landau had been the first conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonia. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel . The title of the concert is 'BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, Climb Every Mountain, You'll Never Walk Alone, The Impossible Dream [the Quest], Granada, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, Kumbaya, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, New York, New Yprk, There's No Business Like Show Business, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Do You Hear the People Sing?, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Memory, Music of the Night, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Donkey Serenade, and Earth Anthem.

Jun. 02 2012 10:50 AM
Robert Poda

Looking forward to the broadcast. Any idea who is singing Marina. I did not see that in the cast list.


Jun. 02 2012 09:01 AM

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