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from Act II of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: An Old Nurse, the caretaker for the children of Boris Godunov
Voice Part: contralto
Setting: a room in the Tsar's chambers in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 1603
Synopsis: The Nurse sings a song about a gnat that is killed by a marauding dragonfly. She sings the song to cheer up Xenia, whose fiance has recently died. It doesn't really make her feel any better though.
Range: Tessitura:
B3 - F#/Gb5D#/Eb4 - C#/Db5
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from Act IV, Scene 1 (Scene 2 in complete version) of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Boris Godunov, current Tsar of Russia, father of Fyodor and Xenia
Voice Part: bass       Fach: dramatic bass
Setting: the council room in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 1605
Synopsis: Boris is stricken by the mention of the return of Dmitri, the murdered previous heir to the throne. As he lays dying, he commands his son Fyodor to rule over Russia in a just and cautious manner. He prays that his children remain safe.
Range: Tessitura:
A#/Bb2 - E4D#/Eb3 - D4
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from Act II of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Boris Godunov, current Tsar of Russia, father of Fyodor and Xenia
Voice Part: bass       Fach: dramatic bass
Setting: a room in the Tsar's chambers in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 1603
Synopsis: Boris pours out his thoughts to his son. He is now in his sixth year of rule with all the power he ever dreamed about but he is not happy. He is upset that his daughter's fiance died before the wedding. He is also upset that he was not able to alleviate some of the suffering and discontent that rages through his kingdom. Finally, he is regretful that the route to the throne was won by the death of the previous Tsar's child half-brother Dmitri.
Range: Tessitura:
A#/Bb2 - E4D#/Eb3 - D#/Eb4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Ugo Berardi (added 2000-05-22). Notes: transliteration of Russian text
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from Prologue, Scene 2 of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Boris Godunov, current Tsar of Russia, father of Fyodor and Xenia
Voice Part: bass       Fach: dramatic bass
Setting: the courtyard in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 1598
Synopsis: After being crowned Tsar of Russia, Boris Godunov offers a sincere prayer to the former tsars to ask for wisdom and good judgement as he begins his reign.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb3 - F4D#/Eb3 - D4
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from Act II of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Boris Godunov, current Tsar of Russia, father of Fyodor and Xenia
Voice Part: bass       Fach: dramatic bass
Setting: a room in the Tsar's chambers in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 1603
Synopsis: Boris is told by Prince Shuisky that a rival to his throne has appeared and it seems that it is a man pretending to be Dmitri, the half-brother of the previous Tsar who was killed in order to facilitate Boris's rise to the throne. Although Shuisky assures Boris that the real Dmitri is dead, Boris is overcome with the possibility that Dmitri has come back from the dead to haunt him. As the chimes of a clock are struck, Boris imagines that he sees the ghost of Dmitri. In horror he falls to the floor and prays for forgiveness.
Range: Tessitura:
B2 - E4D#/Eb3 - D#/Eb4
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from Act II of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Fyodor, son of Boris Godunov
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: a room in the Tsar's chambers in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 1603
Synopsis: In order to bring some happiness to the Nurse and his sister Xenia, Fyodor sings a song. The song he sings is about his parrot which he has named Popinka. The song explains how the parrot was annoying the wetnurse as well as Fyodor's father, Boris.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - D#/Eb5E4 - C#/Db5
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from Act III, Scene 1 of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Marina Mnishek, a Polish princess
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic soprano
Setting: at the governor's castle in Sandomir, Poland, 1603
Synopsis: Marina's attendants sing songs to her to amuse her but she tells them that they are merely boring. She longs for excitement and power. In particular, she believes that she will find this through Dmitri, the pretender to the Russian throne. Through him, she hopes to gain power over all of Russia.
Range: Tessitura:
B3 - G#/Ab5E4 - E5
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from Act IV, Scene 1 (Scene 2 in complete version) of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Pimen, an old monk and companion of Grigory the Pretender
Voice Part: bass       Fach: dramatic bass
Setting: the council room in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 1605
Synopsis: Pimen tells a story about a blind old shepherd that was told to pray at the tomb of the murdered half-brother of the previous Tsar, Dmitri. When he did so, his sight was restored.
Range: Tessitura:
D3 - E4E3 - D4
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from Act I, Scene 2 of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: dramatic mezzo
Setting: an inn on the Lithuanian border with Russia, 1603
Synopsis: The innkeeper sings a little song about the duck that she caught and what she plans to do with it. From its suggestive nature, it is pretty obvious that the "duck" is really a man.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - E5D4 - D5
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from Act I, Scene 2 of the Russian opera Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky

Role: Varlaam, a vagabond
Voice Part: bass       Fach: buffo bass
Setting: an inn on the Lithuanian border with Russia, 1603
Synopsis: Somewhat under the effect of the wine, Varlaam tells everyone in the inn all about his fighting prowess and his bravery in the battle of Kazan in the army of Ivan the Terrible.
Range: Tessitura:
F#/Gb3 - F4F#/Gb3 - F4
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