Loretta Di Lelio as Xenia in Boris Godunov

LORETTA-DI-LELIO---BORIS-GODUNOVDecember 14, 16, 20, and 28, 1952
Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov
Rome, Teatro dell’Opera
Boris Christoff (Boris Godounov), Giuseppe Modesti (Pimen), Angelo Mercuriali (Grigori, or the False Dmitri), Loretta Di Lelio (Xenia), Rina Corsi (Marina), Dimitri Lopatto (Varlaam), Angelo Mercuriali (Prince Sciuisky), Mario Carlin (Missail), Arthur Rodzinsky (Conductor)
CD: G.O.P 66.316 (2CD)

Loretta Di Lelio appeared as Xenia in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov broadcast of December 10, 1952, just 4 days before Franco Corelli’s role debut as Prince Shuisky/L’Innocente. Her entrée as the tsar’s daughter is really overshadowed by the song of the nutrice watching over her, but for what its worth, she can be heard here singing with exactly the same orchestra and costars that Franco would those 4 days later, stepping in for Angelo Mercuriali. La Nutrice here is the mezzo-soprano Amalia Pini.

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The Tsar's apartments in the Kremlin


Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
‘Where art thou, dearest’ (Xenia (Loretta Di Lelio), Nurse (Amalia Pini)); CD G.O.P 66.316 (2CD)

Boris's daughter Xenia is weeping, because the prince she was to have married has been killed in battle. While the Tsarevich Fyodor studies a map of Russia, Xenia's nurse tries to console her. Boris arrives and he, too, offers Xenia words of comfort:


Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
‘What is the matter? Has the wild beast frightened the brooding hen?... What is it Xenia?’ (Boris (Boris Christoff), Nurse (Amalia Pini), Xenia (Loretta Di Lelio)); CD G.O.P 66.316 (2CD)

For completeness sake we give here the cast and performance dates with Franco Corelli, the subsequent days. Then, the ‘B-cast’…

December 14, 16, 20, and 28, 1952
Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov
Rome, Teatro dell’Opera
Boris Christoff (Boris Godounov), Antonio Zerbini (Pimen), Franco Corelli (Grigori, or the False Dmitri), Loretta Di Lelio (Xenia), Miriam Pirazzini (Marina), Vito De Taranto, Robert Silva [December 16] (Varlaam), Petre Munteanu (Prince Sciuisky), Gino Del Signore (Missail), cond. Vittorio Gui

 

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