from Act I, Scene 2 of the Russian opera Boris Godunov
by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky
, 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.