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Opera in four acts, with Prologue, by Modeste Mussorgsky
Text founded on Pushkin's drama
Original version
Edited by Paul Lamm
English translation by M. D. Calvocoressi 40
Cast, in order of singing:
BBC Theatre Chorus (Chorus-Master, John Clements )
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Stanford Robinson
Production by Humphrey Procter-Gregg
Time: 1598-1605
Scene 1: The monastery courtyard,
Novodevichy, near Moscow
Scene 2: A square in the Kremlin
Act 1
Scene 1: A cell in the Chudov
Scene 2: An inn near the Lithuanian border


Unknown: Modeste Mussorgsky
Edited By: Paul Lamm
Translation By: M. D. Calvocoressi
Chorus-Master: John Clements
Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson
Production By: Humphrey Procter-Gregg
Nikitich a police officer: George Hancock
Mitiukha, a peasant: John Dethick
Shclielkalov, a Provost: Redvers Llewellyn
Prince Shuisky: Parry Jones
Boris Godunov: Norman Lumsden
Pimen, a monk and chronicler: Trevor Anthony
Grigory, afterwards called Dimitry: Trefor Jones
Hostess of the inn: Teresa Corley
Vagabond monks: Varlaam: Owen Brannigan
Vagabond monks: Missail: James Toppmg
Boris's children: Xenia: Marion Lowe
Boris's children: Feodor: Derek Barsham
Their nurse: Gladys Parr
A Boyar in attendance: John Lewis
Marina Mnishek, daughter of the Lord of Sandomir: Oda . Slobodskaya
Rangoni, a Jesuit agent: Frederick Sharp
The Simpleton: John Lewis
Jesuit: Lavitski: John Dethick
Jesuit: Chernikovsky: George Hancock
Kruschov a Boyar: John Dethick


A reminiscence of Ontario thirty years ago, by Arthur Phelps , Professor of English at McGill University, Montreal


Unknown: Arthur Phelps


Act 2
The Tsar's private apartments in the Kremlin
Act 3
The Castle of Sandomir In Poland
Scene 1: The dressing-room of Marina
Scene 2: The fountain terrace


by Moray McLaren


Unknown: Moray McLaren


Act 4
Scene 1: Reception hall in the Kremlin
Scene 2: A clearing in the forest near


A talk recorded by the Bishop of Hanover, Dr. Hanns Lllje , during a recent visit to this country


Unknown: Dr. Hanns Lllje


String Quintet in C, Op. 29 played by the Lener Quartet and William Primrose (viola) on gramophone records


Viola: William Primrose

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