Music: The Basso's Lot

"I still am czar!" sang the basso, glaring at his counselors like a wounded lion. Then he half rose from his throne to take the most spectacular fall in opera—pitching forward on his left shoulder and rolling down the stairs to lie dead on the marbled Kremlin floor. The basso, who had studiously practiced his fall in a neighborhood gym, was Chicago-born Gíorgio Tozzi; his part was the title role in last week's NBC-TV version of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. For both Tozzi and the NBC Opera, the production of Boris was a fine climax...

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