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The handsome and commanding Vladimir Ognovenko as Prince Ivan Khovansky, father of the womanising Prince Andrei and Boyar commander of the undisciplined Streltsy, has as constant companion an observant dwarf, who says nothing but must be carefully watched.

Watch -- 'Listen, all Orthodox believers, listen, Russian people' (Act 1)
(DVD1 chapter 6, 29:10-30:29) © 2007 Opus Arte/Gran Teatre del Liceu

Leader of the Old Believers, the obsessive monk Dosifei is impressively taken by Vladimir Vaneev and eventually joins an acrimonious debate between Khovansky and Robert Brubaker's Golitsyn in the latter's palace, appropriately decorated with portraits of Russia's former rulers.

Watch and listen -- 'Has God Almighty given you advice and wisdom?' (Act 2)
(DVD1 chapter 13, 72:31-73:55) © 2007 Opus Arte/Gran Teatre del Liceu

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