Scene 1: Moscow; the walled, turreted courtyard of the Novodievichy
During the opening andante, dejected groups of common people gather
before the monastery walls. Prince Shuisky and prominent boyars cross to the
monastery, greeting the commoners. A police officer intimidates the people
who huddle together into one group and stand stock still.
Wielding a cudgel, the police officer urges them into action.
They beg for pity
John Lanigan-O'Keeffe; ©
Monday, 08-Dec-2003 21:47:03 PST