Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov from Madrid

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Spain's Teatro Real, or Royal Theater, in Madrid. Spain's Teatro Real, or Royal Theater, in Madrid. (oriateka/flickr)

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Deeply rooted in his country's colorful history, Modest Mussorgsky's epic Boris Godunov may be the most famous of all Russian operas. Austrian bass Günther Groissböck sings the tormented title character in a lush production from the historic Teatro Real, or Royal Theater, in Madrid.

Cast:

Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen

Boris Godunov: Günther Groissböck (bass)

Grigory: Michael König (tenor)

Marina: Julia Gerstseva (mezzo-soprano)

Shuysky: Stefan Margita (tenor)

Pimen: Dmitri Ulyanov (bass)

Rangoni: Evgeny Nikitin (bass)

Fyodor: Alexandra Kadurina (mezzo-soprano)

Xenia: Alina Yarovaya (soprano)

Shchelkalov: Yuri Nechaev (baritone)

Varlaam: Anatoli Kotcherga (bass)

Missail: John Easterlin (tenor)

Simpleton: Andrei Popov (tenor)

Madrid Symphony Orchestra

Intermezzo Chorus

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