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Boris Godunov

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GöteborgsOperanChristina Nilssons Gata, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, SE 41104, Sweden
April 21 18:00, April 25 19:00, April 29 16:00, May 03 19:00, May 05 18:00, May 11 19:00, May 13 18:00
Performers
Göteborg Opera
Leo HussainConductor
Peter KonwitschnyDirector
Timo DentlerSet Designer, Costume Designer
Clive BayleyBass-baritoneBoris Godunov
Joachim BäckströmTenorGrigory (The Pretender Dmitri)
Mats AlmgrenBassPimen (chronicler-hermit)
Conny ThimanderTenorSimpleton (The yuródivïy or Holy Fool), Missail
Matilda PaulssonMezzo-sopranoThe Innkeeper
Jonas LandströmBassNikitich
Thomas JönssonBaritoneMityukha
Anna JohanssonSopranoXenia
Mats PerssonBaritoneShchelkalov
Tomas LindTenorPrince Shuisky
Alessio CacciamaniBassVarlaam
Mari LindbäckMezzo-sopranoXenia's nurse
Solgerd IsalvMezzo-sopranoFeodor
Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Göteborg Opera Chorus
Göteborg Children's Chorus

Sung in Russian with Swedish surtitles.

Boris Godunov is a bold, intense and magnificent chronicle about how a charismatic man manages to deceive the masses – a theme that sadly has not lost its relevance. It’s also an extraordinary portrait of a manipulative tyrant who is himself trapped in the machinery of power. The tyrant’s fall is partly inspired by the composer’s own mental breakdown and alcoholism.

This original version of the opera shocked the Russian censors in 1869. Director Peter Konwitschny’s interpretation is a rousing experience, fiercely critical of today’s political climate and society’s vulgar consumerism.

The title role is being performed by British bass Clive Bayley, who enjoyed major acclaim in Gothenburg as the evil Claggart in Britten's Billy Budd. Dimitri is sung by Joachim Bäckström, who was a great success as Don José in last season’s Carmen. Solgerd Isalv, who trained in Gothenburg but is engaged in Nuremberg, plays the part of the tsar's son, Fyodor. Leo Hussain, conductor at Covent Garden and other venues, led the most recent production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Göteborg Opera. We are especially proud of the Göteborg Opera Chorus, who in spring 2017 performed the choral parts from Boris Godunov for an international recording company, together with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano.

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