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Boris Godunow - M. Mussorgski


Boris Godunov - Modest Mussorgski

Opera in four acts with a prologue (1874) - Orchestration by Dmitry Shostakovich
Libretto by the composer after Alexander Pushkin’s tragedy of the same Name and Nikolay Karamzin’s The History of the Russian State

New production

Sung in Russian with German and English surtitles

Boris Godunov is proclaimed tsar after the true heir to the throne has been murdered on his orders. Although Boris is resolutely forward­ looking, he is held fast by the shadows of the past — and his reign is also doomed to failure because of this. We encounter him as a dictatorial potentate and as a loving father. Ultimately he dies from his own delusions, which are provoked not least by a power­-hungry young man pretending to be the murdered heir to the throne.

Christof Loy’s staging of the revised and extended version of Boris Godunov, premiered in 1874, will examine the dichotomy between individual and society in the context of objective representation and subjective feeling. In presenting Mussorgsky’s opera, one could say that the Salzburg Festival is in turn working on its own historical narrative: after memorable and for their times exemplary produc­tions from the 1960s and 1990s it is now adding another link in the performance history of Boris Godunov in a staging that examines the relevance of the work for a new century.

Tugan Sokhiev Conductor
The Salzburg Festival mourns the loss of Mariss Jansons. The opera Boris Godunov will be conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, thereby making his Salzburg Festival debut.
Christof Loy Director
Johannes Leiacker Sets
Ursula Renzenbrink Costume
Olaf Winter Lighting
Klevis Elmazaj Choreography
Klaus Bertisch Dramaturgy

Ildar Abdrazakov Boris Godunov
Yulia Mazurova Fyodor
Irina Chistiakova wet-nurse
Dmitry Golovnin Prince Vasily Ivanovich Schuysky
Andrei Kymach Andrey Shchelkalov
Dmitry Ulyanov Pimen
Pavel Cernoch Pretender (Grigory)
Agunda Kulaeva Marina Mnishek
Lukasz Golinski Rangoni
Stanislav Trofimov Varlaam
Alexander Kravets Missail
Maria Barakova An Innkeeper
Bogdan Volkov A Holy Fool
and others

Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
Wolfgang Götz Chorus Master
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Ernst Raffelsberger Chorus Master
Vienna Philharmonic

August  20 - 28, 2020
Großes Festspielhaus

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