Sofia National Opera Ivan Khovansky: Nicolai Ghiaurov Andrei Khovansky: Luben Mihailov Vasili Golitsin: Liubomir Bodurov Shaklovity: Stoyan Popov Marfa: Boika Koseva Dosifei: Nicola Ghiuselev Varsonofiev: Dimiter Dimitrov Emma: Maria Dimchevska Susanna: Nadia Sharkova Strashnev: Petar Petrov Kuzka: Verter Vrachovski Conductor: Atanas Margaritov Sofia, 28 January 1975, sung in Russian § Act II § Prince Galitsin's palace. The Prince reads a love letter from Sophia whom he does not trust. 05:43 - A servant announces Marfa's arrival. He has summoned her to cast his horoscope in a bowl of water. She complains that visiting the Prince is like walking into a trap. He reminds her that these are treacherous times. She predicts betrayal, disgrace and exile. He dismisses her, then orders her drowned. 12:50 - Alone, he ponders his terrible fate and the fate of Russia. Ivan Khovansky arrives. He accuses Golitsin of undermining the nobles. Golitsin treats Khovansky with scorn and accuses him of leaving Moscow drenched in blood. The hostilities escalate. Dosifei arrives and intervenes, separating the men. He reprimands them both and tries to encourage them to return to the ways of the people. Golitsin is dismissive. Khovansky teases him and Dosifei reminds that his Streltsy behave like beasts. 29:20 - Old Believers are heard singing in the distance. They proclaim their triumph over heresy. Khovansky and Dosifei praise the Old Believers. Golitsin realizes that they are both Old Believers and denounces them as schismatics. Marfa rushes in. She has been saved from death by one of the tsar's guards. They are all alarmed by the news that the tsar's armies are in town. Shaklovity arrives to announce that the tsar has accused the Khovanskys of treason.
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