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Boris Godunov [1874]

Opera: Work details

Composer: Modest Petrovich Musorgsky
Music title: Boris Godunov (1874)
Librettist: Modest Petrovich Musorgsky
Work definition: Opera in nine scenes, or a prologue and four acts
After/based on: Adapted from the historical tragedy 'Boris Godunov' by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, and from material partly derived from historical works by Nikolay Mikhaylovich Karamzin and others
Language: Russian
Notes: Musorgsky's original work, composed in 1868-69, consisted of seven scenes grouped into four acts. A revised version of nine scenes (six from the original and three new) was the first version performed, in 1874. After Musorgsky's death, Rimsky-Korsakov re-orchestrated the opera, making a number of cuts and insertions and transposing the last two scenes. This version was first performed in December 1896. Between 1906 and 1908, Rimsky-Korsakov worked on a second version, restoring the cuts yet retaining his own insertions. For many years, Rimsky-Korsakov's 1908 version was the 'standard version' used by opera companies worldwide. The original 1869 work was first performed in 1928.
World premiere: 27 January 1874, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
ROH premiere: 12 May 1948, Covent Garden Opera Company
ROH company premiere: 12 May 1948, Covent Garden Opera Company, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Related work: Boris Godunov [1896], Boris Godunov [1869], Boris Godunov [1908]
Productions
Boris Godunov (1948) Covent Garden Opera Company (3 performances online)
Boris Godunov (1958) Covent Garden Opera Company (5 performances online)
Boris Godunov (1983) The Royal Opera (11 performances online)

Performances not linked to a production
5 July 2000 Evening 7.30pm Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London