Official programme for "Boris Godounov".


Official programme for “Boris Godounov”.

Emile Robert, Paris, 1908.

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Official programme for "Boris Godounov".


Fine example of this programme for Modest Mussorgsky’s celebrated Boris Godunov. With a cover designed by Bilibin, a half-title by Yuon and, among other illustrations, a portrait of Rimsky-Korsakov by Serov specially drawn for this programme.

Diaghilev’s production was the first to be staged outside Russia. Reflecting on it, Alexandre Benois (whose set design is also reproduced) wrote the following: “Its production at the Paris Opéra in the spring 1908 was most sumptuous. The sets were made after sketches by Golovin, Yuon, and me; the magnificent costumes were created after the designs by the great specialist in early Russian art, Stelletsky, and Diaghilev personally scoured the antique shops for everything he could find, from peasant caps to brocades […]. When all Paris gathered for the première, it was amazed by the beauty of the performance. This success encouraged Diaghilev and his group to undertake other productions, which in every respect surpassed the first”.


8vo. (27 cm x 21 cm). 66 pages, illustrated throughout, original yellow wrappers designed by Ivan Bilibin.


Boris Kochno, Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes (NY & Evanston, 1970).


Stock ID: 87446