Award-winning director Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Mussorgsky’s magnificent opera on the perils of power, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. Based on a play by Pushkin, the opera is set in Russia after the death of Ivan the Terrible, and follows Tsar Boris Godunov and his struggles with power, greed and guilt. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel’s assumption of the title role – one of the greatest bass-baritone roles in the canon – while John Graham-Hall appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.
- Antonio Pappano
- Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Bryn Terfel, John Graham-Hall, John Tomlinson
- Modest Mussorgsky
- Richard Jones
- Set Design
- Miriam Buether
- 2h37 no interval
Sung in Russian, with English subtitles
4 stars. Terfel rules as Boris. This performance offers two uninterrupted hours of great music drama, magnificently sung, conducted and staged. Fired by incandescent orchestral playing, this is a major artistic achievement.Rupert Christiansen, THE TELEGRAPH (UK)
The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in London’s iconic Royal Opera House (1858) in Covent Garden, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.