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Godunov

Boris Fyodorovich . ?1551--1605, Russian regent (1584--98) and tsar (1598--1605)
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Accordingly when the regent Boris Godunov took over following the death of Fyodor I who died without surviving issue in 1598, in the interests of both state stability and continuing Church power, a new doctrine of legitimacy was required.
This is a political history of Russia between Tsar Ivan the Terrible's death in March of 1584 and the coronation of Mikhail Feodorovich Romanov in July of 1613, a period that ended in tumultuous upheaval and was dominated until 1605 by the de facto and then official rule of Boris Godunov.
Some minor inaccuracies can be noted: Margeret in Pushkin's Boris Godunov does not try to stop the "fight" but the "flight" of the Russian army (38); in the same play, the people are not "astonished" but "horrified" (uzhase) at the end, and it is not as certain as Stribrny, thinks that Pushkin himself altered the published ending from the manuscript version; Yury Liubimov's forced emigration had very little to do with the Hamlet he staged more than ten years earlier (this reviewer can vouch for this bit of biographical detail since he was with him); and the conflation of Soviet and Tsarist tyrannies is inaccurate since the number of victims and the refinements of twentieth-century methods of repression used by Stalin and his colleagues hardly match those under the tsars.
At the middle of the last century "Russian opera" consisted of one, perhaps two, Tchaikovsky operas (Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades), Boris Godunov, maybe Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel (both, incidentally, operas introduced to the West by Diaghilev), and a Czech contribution, Smetana's Bartered Bride.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov.
The opening night production was Modest Moussorgsky's "Boris Godunov," the tragic tale of a guilt-ridden Russian czar and his troubled life in the 16th century.
Depictions of Gogol and Pushkin's work, enacted live, via movies and animation, and even through puppet shows--are as vital today as they were in the 19th century, as is Mussorgsky's opera, "Boris Godunov.
Operatic excerpts featured in the program are taken from Bizet's ``Carmen,'' Puccini's ``La Boheme,'' Verdi's ``Nabucco'' and Mussorgsky's ``Boris Godunov.
And then there is his much acclaimed Boris Godunov - filmed in 1989 by Andrzej Zulawski.
How odd it was to realize that in the same auditorium that witnessed the world premieres of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Borodin's Prince Igor and Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades, the sold-out matinee was for Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady.
Other productions include War and Peace for Paris Opera, Boris Godunov in Amsterdam, Falstaff in Florence, The Queen of Spades and Hansel and Gretel for Welsh National Opera and Metropolitan Opera, New York, Rake's Progress for Scottish Opera, and Elektra for Lyric Opera, Chicago.