Mariinsky Opera: Boris Godunov

Original version (1869)

3 November 2014 / 19:00

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Mussorgsky’s epic study of the soul of a nation, performed in concert by the foremost living champions of the Russian operatic tradition

Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It’s one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera; and this concert performance under Valery Gergiev is the first of two very different operas being performed in the Mariinsky’s Barbican residency.

“Weep, weep, O soul; soul of poor Russia”. If the Mariinsky is Russia’s national opera company, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov – premiered at the Mariinsky in 1874 - is surely Russia’s national opera. Certainly, few operas look more penetratingly at the soul of a nation: scenes of pageantry are undercut by private soul-searching and state-sanctioned murder. Conducted by arguably the pre-eminent living champion of Russian opera, it’s a majestic and powerfully introspective counterpart to Shchedrin’s uproarious new comedy The Lefthander, and the first of a diptych of Russian operas that together paint the opposite extremes of Russia’s artistic self-image.

Programme & Performers

Mussorgsky Boris Godunov
Concert performance

Mariinsky Opera
Valery Gergiev conductor
Cast to include:
Mikhail Kazakov Boris Godunov
Mikhail Petrenko Pimen
Evgeny Akimov Prince Shuisky
Alexei Markov Shchelkalov
Andrei Popov Simpleton
Tiffin Boys Choir

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Also in this series:
Tue 4 Nov - Mariinsky Opera: The Left-Hander
Wed 5 Nov - Mariinksy Chorus

This event is part of:
Mariinsky Opera Residency
Barbican Presents 2014–2015

Produced by the Barbican

UK tour supported by BP

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