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Boris Godunov All Ages Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Sun., Nov. 20, 2 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. 2011

After an absence of 16 years, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov returns to Lyric Opera in a theatrically and vocally stunning production. In the demanding title role—a Russian czar who rises to power with blood on his hands—bass Ferruccio Furlanetto makes his torment riveting, his intense remorse driving him to complete psychological devastation. At 62, he still has impressive prowess as a singer, ranging from soothing and sweet to powerfully rich. Mussorgsky's dark, richly textured, and at times elemental score projects a vast spectrum of moods, with the help of an enormous chorus representing the Russian people. The story can be confusing, and the sets aren't nearly as splendid as the costumes and lighting, but these details can hardly compromise this otherwise superb production. Bass Andrea Silvestrelli is outstanding as Pimen, tenor Edward Mout is haunting as the Simpleton, and the huge chorus is thrilling; the spectacle of the coronation scene is as magnificent as Boris's final moments are heartbreaking. Andrew Davis conducts. —Barbara Yaross

Price: $34-$254

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