[Met Performance] CID:91390
Boris Godunov {74} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/2/1925.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 2, 1925
In Italian


BORIS GODUNOV {74}
Mussorgsky--Mussorgsky

Boris Godunov...........Fyodor Chaliapin
Prince Shuisky..........Angelo Badà
Pimen...................José Mardones
Grigory.................Edward Johnson
Marina..................Jeanne Gordon
Varlaam.................Paolo Ananian
Simpleton...............Giordano Paltrinieri
Nikitich................William Gustafson
Shchelkalov.............Lawrence Tibbett
Innkeeper...............Henriette Wakefield
Missail.................Max Altglass
Xenia...................Grace Anthony
Feodor..................Raymonde Delaunois
Nurse...................Kathleen Howard
Lavitsky................Arnold Gabor
Chernikovsky............Vincenzo Reschiglian

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 signed B. L. D. in Musical America


Second 'Boris Godunoff'

Feodor Chaliapin, impersonating Boris Godunoff, attracted a crowded auditory to the season's second performance of Moussorgsky's music-drama on Dec. 2. The great singing actor has so identified himself with this role that there are many who feel that this opera without Chaliapin is like "Hamlet" without the Prince of Denmark. The vitality of his reading implants such a profound impression that his moments on the stage are apt to dominate other recollections of the score.

Powerfully dramatic as his presence was on this occasion, there are other memories that linger. One is haunted by the beauty of the music in the wintry forest scene, so deeply imbued with national characteristics; by the spirited polonaise and the lyric loveliness of the duet in the garden scene, and by the simplicity of the folk-music in the scene where the imperial children are at play. The cast also included Edward Johnson as Dimitri and Jeanne Gordon as Marina. The remaining roles were taken by Raymonde Delaunois, Grace Anthony, Kathleen Howard, Henriette Wakefield and Messrs. Bada, Tibbett, Mardones, Ananian, Altglass, Paltrinieri, Gustafson, Gabor and Reschiglian. Gennaro Papi conducted.



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