from Act I, Scene 2 of the Russian opera Boris Godunov
by Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: dramatic mezzo
Setting: an inn on the Lithuanian border with Russia, 1603
Synopsis: The innkeeper sings a little song about the duck that she caught and what she plans to do with it. From its suggestive nature, it is pretty obvious that the "duck" is really a man.