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Brian Asawa - In Boris Godunov
Seeded by brianasawa on 28 Aug 2009
Author: lalagonegaga
American countertenor Brian Asawa singing the role of Fyodor in Modest Mussorgsky's only completed opera Boris Godunov. Written between 1868 and 1874, it is considered his ultimate masterpiece with even the libretto written by the composer. Like many of his works, this opera too was inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Mussorgsky was a member of The Five (The Mighty Handful), a group of composers who sought to create a genuinely Russian form of classical music. In this opera, the role of young Fyodor was originally written as a trouser role for a female mezzo or contralto but has been taken up by some countertenors as well in the recent years. This 2002 production from Amsterdam is conduced by Edo de Waart. Bass Sir John Tomlinson sings the title role, soprano Juanita Lascarro stars as Xenia (Kseniya), while (for me) the most intriguing voice of the lot appears to be that of mezzo-soprano Helga Dernesch who plays the nurse... I apologize for the