[Met Performance] CID:79950
Boris Godunov {54} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/26/1922.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 26, 1922 Matinee
In Italian


BORIS GODUNOV {54}
Mussorgsky--Mussorgsky

Boris Godunov...........Fyodor Chaliapin
Prince Shuisky..........Angelo Badà
Pimen...................José Mardones
Grigory.................Aureliano Pertile [Last performance]
Marina..................Jeanne Gordon
Varlaam.................Paolo Ananian
Simpleton...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Nikitich................Louis D'Angelo
Shchelkalov.............Robert Leonhardt
Innkeeper...............Marie Mattfeld
Missail.................Pietro Audisio
Xenia...................Ellen Dalossy
Feodor..................Raymonde Delaunois
Nurse...................Kathleen Howard
Lavitsky................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Chernikovsky............Vincenzo Reschiglian
Boyar in Attendance.....Giordano Paltrinieri

Conductor...............Gennaro Papi

Orchestration by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Director................Samuel Thewman
Set designer............Alexander Golovine
Set designer............Alexander Benois
Costume designer........Ivan Bilibine
Translation by M.Delines, E. Palermi, G. Pardo


Synopsis of Scenes
Act I, Scene 1: The wall of Novodievitchi Convent, in the Great Environs of Moscow
Act I, Scene 2: A cell in the Convent of Miracles
Act I, Scene 3: The square between the two Cathedrals of the Assumption and of the Archangels

Act II, Scene 1: An inn on the frontier of Lithuania
Act II, Scene 2: Apartments of the Czar in the Kremlin at Moscow
Act II, Scene 3: Garden of the Castle of Michek

Act III, Scene 1: The forest of Kromy
Act III, Scene 2: Hall of the Duma in the Kremlin

[Chaliapin always sang Boris in Russian.]

Review of Oscar Thompson in Musical America

Chaliapin's Final Boris

Feodor Chaliapin's fifth and final "Boris Godounoff" at the Metropolitan at a special matinee on Thursday resulted in a succession of ovations, though the big bass did not sing quite as well as at earlier appearances, avoiding some of the higher tones in the music of the Apartment scene. At the conclusion of the opera, he addressed the audience in French, after apologizing for his scant command of English, and expressed his gratitude for America's kindness to him and for the aid which the people of the United States are extending his suffering countrymen in Russia. The cast included Jeanne Gordon, Aureliano Pertile, Jose Mardones, Paolo Ananian, Angelo Bada, and others who have appeared in their rôles many times. Mr. Papi conducted. Surely the""Boris" score will be entrusted to some other orchestral leader when Chaliapin returns next season!



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