Premiere of 'Boris Godunov'
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5. Premiere of 'Boris Godunov'
Among the world premieres given at the Mariinsky was Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov' in 1874. The premiere established traditions that have influenced subsequent productions including historically accurate sets and costumes, and histrionic singing by Boris, which often degenerates into shouting.