"Boris Godunov" (Lyric Opera): Testosterone Tonic!

What is the difference between lust and love?  Lust is the desire for something.  Love is the devotion to someone.  After opening the 2011/2012 season with a light-hearted love quest and a passionate love obsession, the third offering is a lusty tale of world domination.

01. Ferruccio Furlanetto, BORIS GODUNOV, DAN_9748 c. Dan RestThe Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Boris Godunov.  It’s Russia 1598-1605.  The second son of Ivan the Terrible has been assassinated.  Boris Godunov is suspected of instigating the ruler’s demise.  At first, he denies it and the throne.  Eventually, he accepts it and the throne.  Becoming Czar is the beginning of the end for Boris Godunov.  His satiated lust leads to his disintegration.  Under his reign, the people suffer through poverty and famine.  They blame his crime for God’s punishment to them.  Boris is overcome with guilt, paranoia and madness. In seven scenes sung in Russian (with English supertitles),Boris Godunov commands attention by dominating the stage.

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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