Boris godounov

Opéra Bastille - from 04 June to 12 July 2018

Photo © Anton Ginzburg

Boris Godounov

Opera in three acts

Music
Modeste Moussorgski
Libretto
Modeste Moussorgski

After Alexandre Pouchkine,Nicolas Karamzine

In Russian

Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski
Damian Iorio
Director
Ivo Van Hove
Boris Godounov
Ildar Abdrazakov
Fiodor
Evdokia Malevskaya
Xenia
Ruzan Mantashyan
La nourrice
Alexandra Durseneva
Le prince Chouiski
Maxim Paster
Andrei Chtchelkalov
Boris Pinkhasovich
Pimen
Ain Anger
Grigori Otrepiev
Dmitry Golovin
Vaarlam
Evgeny Nikitin
L'aubergiste
Elena Manistina
L'innocent
Vasily Efimov
Mitioukha
Mikhail Timoshenko
Un officier de police
Maxim Mikhailov
Un boyard, voix dans la foule
Francisco Simonet
Misail
Peter Bronder
Set design
Jan Versweyveld
Lighting design
Jan Versweyveld
Costume design
An D’Huys
Dramaturgy
Jan Vandenhouwe
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris
French and English surtitles

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about


Living power is unbearable for the people. They can love only the dead.

- Boris, Boris Godounov, Alexandre Pouchkine

In 1824, when Pushkin turned to Boris Godunov for his first historical drama, he knew only too well what a colossus he was tackling. It was armed with his reading of Shakespeare that he matched his skills to the dazzling reign of the Tzar of Russia (1598-1605). Indeed, there are elements of Macbeth in this political fable, in which the ghost of the child that Boris has had killed in order to seize the throne appears as an impostor. Adapting this epic poem, Mussorgsky composed a meditation on the solitude of power, a populist drama in which the real protagonist is the Russian people with its burden of eternal suffering. Pushkin had already wondered, “What is a soul? A melody, perhaps…” Ivo Van Hove is no stranger to grand political frescos having already staged Tragédies Romaines and Kings of War based on plays by Shakespeare.
This is his first production for the Paris Opera.

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