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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
Dostig ja vishei vlasti, Boris's aria from Boris Godunov

Dostig ja vishei vlasti 
shestoj uzh god ja tzarsvuiu spakoino. 
No schastia niet moiej izmuchennoj dushè. 
Naprasno mnie kudiesgniki suliàt 
dni dolghie, dni vlasrti biezmiatiezhnoj. 
Gni zizn' , gni vlast' ,gni zlavi 
obal'shchinia, gni kliki tolpij 
mienia nie veseliàt. 
V sembiè svoiej ja mnil najtì atradu, 
gatovil docheri vieselij brachnij pir, 
moiej tsarievna , golubkie chistoj. 
Kak buria smiert unosit zhenicha.... 
Tiazhkà diesnitza grosnavo Sudii, 
uzhasien prigavor dushe priestupnoj. 
Okriest lish' tma i mrak nieproghliadnij; 
chotia miel'knul bi luch atradi. 
J skorbiu siertze polno, 
toskuiet, tamitsia duch ustalij, 
kakoj ta triepet tainij.... 
Fsio zhdiosh' chevo to... 
Malitvoj tioploj k ugodnikam 
bozhim ja mnil zaglushit dushì stradanja... 
V vielichi i blieske vlasti biezgragnishnoj, 
Rusi vladika, u gnich ja slioz prasil mnie v 
utieshenie. 
A tam danos, bajar kramoghli, 
kozni Litvi i tainii padkopi, 
glad i mor i trus i razarienie... 
Zlavno dikii zvier rishchet liud zachumlionnij, 
galodnaja, biednaja stognit Rus'! ... 
J v liutam gorie nisposlannom bogom, 
za tazhkij moj griech v ispitanie, 
vinoj vsiech zol mienia nariekaiut, 
klianut a plashchadiach imia Borisa! 
J dazhe son bezhit j v sumrakie nochi 
ditia akrovavlionnaie fstaiet. 
Ochi pilaiut, stismuv ruchionki, 
moglit pashchadi... 
J nie bilo pashchadi ! 
Strazhnaja rana ziiaiet, 
slishitsia krik iego priedsmiernij... 
O, Gospodi Bozhe moi!

Transliteration by Ugo Berardi (pro.ugo@tin.it)
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