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