Opera: The Boris Boom

The Czar's torment is terrible—but is it madness or fatal grief? He lives out his last days in the hollow splendor of his Russian palace, haunted by the child king he has murdered, as frightened of his own evil as of the false pretender who is coming through the winter forests to kill him. At last he dies, and in dying Boris Godunov demands an all-but-impossible mystic triumph of the bassos who sing his tragic role: his final prayer must be torn from a soul already lost, from lips already dead. Yet in...

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