Borodin, Alexander Porfir’yevich (opera)
- Richard Taruskin
(b St Petersburg, 31 Oct/Nov 12, 1833; d St Petersburg, 15/Feb 27, 1887). Russian composer, by profession a chemist . His operatic reputation is entirely posthumous: during his lifetime a single (insignificant) stage work that was partly his achieved a solitary (disastrous) performance in the (unidentified) composer’s absence....