The Russians

The movement eastward extended to Russia with Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), Aleksandr Borodin (1833-1887) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).  Many believe that Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (1869, revised 1872; Rimsky-Korsakov Edition 1908) is the greatest masterpiece of Russian opera; although Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (1877-1879) is still a staple of western opera houses.