[Met Performance] CID:82080
Boris Godunov {56} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/20/1922.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 20, 1922
In Italian


BORIS GODUNOV {56}
Mussorgsky--Mussorgsky

Boris Godunov...........Fyodor Chaliapin
Prince Shuisky..........Angelo Badà
Pimen...................José Mardones
Grigory.................Edward Johnson
Marina..................Margarete Matzenauer
Varlaam.................Paolo Ananian
Simpleton...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Nikitich................Louis D'Angelo
Shchelkalov.............Millo Picco
Innkeeper...............Henriette Wakefield
Missail.................Pietro Audisio
Xenia...................Ellen Dalossy
Feodor..................Raymonde Delaunois
Nurse...................Flora Perini
Lavitsky................Carl Schlegel
Chernikovsky............Vincenzo Reschiglian
Boyar in Attendance.....Giordano Paltrinieri

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

Orchestration by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Director................Armando Agnini
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 (unsigned) in the New York Tribune

Chaliapin Repeats Personal Triumph in 'Boris Godounoff'

Edward Johnson Takes Part of False Dimitri; Talkative Members of the Audience Prove a Trial

"Boris Godounoff" with Mr. Chaliapin in the title role, had its second presentation of the season last night at the Metropolitan. It was again a personal triumph for that rarely gifted singing actor, and one richly deserved. A more thrilling portrayal of the terror-haunted Czar, a portrayal of almost incredible authenticity, terrible in its passionate intensity.

The part of the false Dimitri was taken for the first time by Edward Johnson, who strengthened the excellent impression made at his first appearance with the company last week. His ease and distinction of manner and admirable singing were highly considerable features.

The score of this opera is one of such continuous beauty it is a pity that it does not seem to be more self-revelatory. It was apparently necessary last night for a good third of the audience to be continually telling the rest what it was all about. The persistent talkers may have been very entertaining to their companions, but they were a considerable trial to those who preferred to let the music and acting on the stage speak for themselves. Certainly, while Mr. Chaliapin was on the stage his superb acting needed no interpretation.



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