[Met Performance] CID:82290
Boris Godunov {57} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/7/1922.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 7, 1922
In Italian


BORIS GODUNOV {57}
Mussorgsky--Mussorgsky

Boris Godunov...........Fyodor Chaliapin
Prince Shuisky..........Giordano Paltrinieri
Pimen...................Léon Rothier
Grigory.................Edward Johnson
Marina..................Flora Perini
Varlaam.................Paolo Ananian
Simpleton...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Nikitich................Louis D'Angelo
Shchelkalov.............Carl Schlegel
Innkeeper...............Henriette Wakefield
Missail.................Pietro Audisio
Xenia...................Ellen Dalossy
Feodor..................Raymonde Delaunois
Nurse...................Kathleen Howard
Lavitsky................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Chernikovsky............Millo Picco

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 Herald

Chaliapin Sings Impressively as the Tragic 'Boris'

Dominates With Forceful Portrayal as in Earlier Performances

Moussorgsky's somber opera "Boris Godunov," with Feodor Chaliapin in the title role, packed the Metropolitan Opera House last evening for the third time this season. As in previous performances Mr. Chaliapin dominated the stage with his forceful, convincing portrayal of the ghost-haunted, remorseful usurper. Again, the sheer force of his dramatic methods brushed aside melodic lines and altered rhythm to suit his mood. His speech to the assembled people in the first act was rendered in noble, fluent legato.

Mr. Chaliapin's associates have not changed since the second performance except in one instance, Miss Flora Perini appears as Marina, Edward Johnson as Dimitri, Leon Rothier as Brother Pimen, but Giordano Paltrinieri replaced Mr. Bada as Schuisky. Miss Dalossy as the modest daughter and Miss Kathleen Howard as the nurse completed the family circle. Mr. Papi conducted capably and Giulio Setti was responsible for excellent work by the chorus.



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