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Unaware that Tsar Peter has ordered their annihilation, an instruction later countermanded, the Streltsy are having a riotous time outside Khovansky's house, with vodka flowing as copiously as the Volga. Their drunken orgy, thoroughly enjoyed by the Barcelona men, is dampeningly interrupted by their womenfolk, who strongly disapprove.

Watch and listen -- 'Get up, you, good fellows' (Act 3)
(DVD1 chapter 17, 94:35-95:34) © 2007 Opus Arte/Gran Teatre del Liceu

Khovansky is summoned to a council meeting by the regent Sophia. Though ready decked in court finery, he hardly leaves his house before being murdered by the pet dwarf, one of the director's odder conceits.

Watch and listen -- 'Why are you here?' (Act 4 scene 1)
(DVD2 chapter 3, 14:52-15:45) © 2007 Opus Arte/Gran Teatre del Liceu

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