Deeply rooted in the country's colorful history, Mussorgsky's epic Boris Godunov may be the most famous of all Russian operas.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Boris Godunov from the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. In a standout performance, Finnish bass Matti Salminen stars as Boris, a portrayal he has been exploring and refining for some three decades now. The production is led by conductor Michael Güttler.
Boris Godunov: Matti Salminen (bass)
Grigory: Mika Polhjonen (tenor)
Marina: Niina Keitel (mezzo-soprano)
Shuysky: Jyrki Anttila (tenor)
Pimen: Koit Soasepp (bass)
Rangoni: Hannu Niemelä (bass)
Fyodor: Ann-Marie Heino (mezzo-soprano)
Xenia: Anna-Kristina Kaappola (soprano)
Shchelkalov: Jaakko Kortekangas (baritone)
Varlaam: Hannu Forsberg (bass)
Missail: Aki Alamikkotervo (tenor)
Holy Fool: Evgeny Akimov (tenor)
Finnish National Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Michael Güttler, conductor