Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov (Shostakovich version) (1874),
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Libretto by the composer. English translation available.
Schirmer Russian Music
Opera and Music Theatre
Orchestrated by Dmitri Shostakovich (Op. 58, 1940)
3 Baritones, 3 Mezzo sopranos, 2 Sopranos, 6 Tenors, 7 Basses
The opera is set in Russia and Poland between 1598 and 1605. Boris Godunov becomes Czar of Russia after he has murdered the young Dmitri, who is the rightful heir to the throne. The novice Grigory resolves to avenge the murder and, driven to insanity by his guilt, Boris falls dead at the end.