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Boris GodunovNew production

New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
Dates/times in Tokyo time zone
Tuesday 15 November 202214:00
Thursday 17 November 202219:00
Sunday 20 November 202214:00
Wednesday 23 November 202214:00
Saturday 26 November 202214:00
New National Theatre
Kazushi OnoConductor
Mariusz TrelińskiDirector
Boris KudličkaSet Designer
Wojciech DziedzicCostume Designer
Marc HeinzLighting Designer
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus
Bartek MaciasVideo Artist
Marcin CeckoDramaturgy
Evgeny NikitinBass-baritoneBoris Godunov
Alexey TikhomirovBass-baritonePimen (chronicler-hermit)
Kazuma KudoTenorGrigory (The Pretender Dmitri)
Eiko KoizumiMezzo-sopranoFeodor
Kanae KushimaSopranoXenia
Mika KanekoMezzo-sopranoXenia's nurse
Maxim PasterTenorPrince Shuisky
Naoyuki AkitaniTenorShchelkalov
Teppei KonoBass-baritoneVarlaam
Kasumi ShimizuMezzo-sopranoThe Innkeeper
Pavel KolgatinTenorSimpleton (The yuródivïy or Holy Fool)
Toshiaki KomadaBaritoneNikitich
Hiroaki OtsukaBass-baritoneMityukha
Takayuki HamamatsuTenorThe Boyar-in-Attendance
Maćko PrusakChoreography

Boris Godunov is our latest Russian opera, following on from Eugene OneginLe Rossignol and Iolanta. It is the only opera completed by Modest MUSSORGSKY of the Mighty Five (the Russian Five). Conceived as a co-production with the Polish National Opera, this new production will be directed by Mariusz TRELIŃSKI, the Artistic Director of the Polish National Opera.

This opera is based on a play by Aleksandr PUSHKIN about the real-life Boris Godunov, Russian regent during the Time of Troubles in the late 16th century, from his coronation to his death. This sombre tragedy portrays the cries of the masses, the scheming of those in power and the anguish of Boris himself. The music is richly modern, and replete with innovative harmonies based on Russian folk songs and traditional Russian Orthodox church music, making it a pinnacle of Russian national music.

Director Mariusz TRELIŃSKI comes from a background in film directing and has distinguished himself for bringing out the essential beauty of music with a contemporary interpretation and aesthetic. He has worked with ONO Kazushi before, having won the International Opera Award for Best Opera Director for The Fiery Angel in Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, highly acclaimed worldwide. The charismatic Russian bass-baritone Evgeny NIKITIN performs the tsar in torment in Warsaw and in Tokyo. The role of Prince Vasiliy Shuysky is taken on by Maxim PASTER, who has appeared in the role in a number of performances, including at the Bolshoi Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera. With the excellent cast, the drama unfolds around the demise of Boris Godunov, driven into a corner by his own actions in assassinating Tsarevich Dmitry. This production combines the 1869 Original Version and the 1872 Revised Version of the opera.

* Please note that there might be changes depending on the Covid-19 situation.

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