To explore and examine Russian history. He drew inspiration for this opera from the Moscow uprising of 1682, the year in which Peter the Great was crowned tsar. Whilst hoping to reform Russia, he runs into resistance from the nobility and the Church – the former led by Prince Ivan Khovansky, and the latter represented by the Old Believers and their leader Dosifey. Mussorgsky graced this dark page of history with the most fascinating score imaginable whose hauntingly sombre tones seem to rise out of the depths of time. With its extravagant costumes and monumental sets Andrei Serban’s production plunges us into the feudal Russia of the 17th century.