Music: The Slavic Soul

What an opera company chiefly needs to stage Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov is a big chorus and a basso who can sing Boris. Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera has had the chorus, but, for the last half a dozen years, no basso vocally and physically imposing enough to inspire a revival of the opera. Last week, with no less than two Borises on its roster, the Met revived the massive opera which, for half a century, has been the glory of the Russian soul and one of the operatic wonders of the world. Consensus of audience and critics: Boris Godunov is back to stay...

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