Mikhail Glinka may have gone down in history as the founder of Russian national opera, but with Boris Godunov, Modest Mussorgsky ultimately set the course for the Russian operatic tradition.
Mussorgsky developed an epic operatic style unfolding in grand historical tableaux, and in Boris Godunov overwhelmed the audience – even if the critics were severe at the première. Since then, the work is considered one of the great Russian operas and is praised for its originality, drama and keen characterisation. No one can remain unmoved by the tragic story of Tsar Boris, who could not escape his fate and was brought down by intrigues and a guilty conscience.
Modest Moussorgsky – Boris Godounov