Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov

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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