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.