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.