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Modest Mussorgsky


Modest Mussorgskij


21 February (5 March) 1886, Leningrad (Privat Thea




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About the opera Chovantsjina

Khovanshchina (Russian: HovánšÄ¬ćina, sometimes rendered The Khovansky Affair) is an opera (subtitled a 'national music drama') in five acts by Modest Mussorgsky. The work was written between 1872 and 1880 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The composer wrote the libretto based on historical sources. The opera was unfinished and unperformed when the composer died in 1881.
Like Mussorgsky's earlier Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina deals with an episode in Russian history, first brought to the composer's attention by his friend Vladimir Stasov. It concerns the rebellion of Prince Ivan Khovansky, the Old Believers, and the Streltsy against Peter the Great, who was attempting to institute Westernizing reforms to Russia. Peter succeeded, the rebellion was crushed and (in the opera, at least) Khovansky's followers committed mass suicide.

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Roles in Chovantsjina

Prince Ivan Khovansky Bass
Prince Andrey Khovansky Tenor
Prince Vasiliy Golitsin Tenor
Dosifey Bass
Boyar Fyodor Shaklovity Bass-Baritone
Marfa Mezzo-Soprano
Susanna Soprano
Scrivener Tenor

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1Aria di Dositheu Popularity:

Opera: ChovantsjinaComposer: MussorgskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Russian