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Boris Godunov

NationaltheaterMunich, Bavaria, Germany
January 26, 29 18:00, February 01 19:00 (at 20:00 unless shown)
Performers
Bavarian State Opera
Marko LetonjaConductor
Calixto BieitoDirector
Rebecca RingstSet Designer
Ingo KrüglerCostume Designer
Dmitry BelosselskiyBassBoris Godunov
Dmytro PopovTenorGrigory(The Pretender Dmitri)
Maxim Kuzmin-KaravaevBassPimen(chronicler-hermit)
Kevin ConnersTenorSimpleton(The yuródivïy or Holy Fool)
Vladimir MatorinBassVarlaam
Ulrich ReßTenorMissail
Helena ZubanovichMezzo-sopranoThe Innkeeper
Igor TsarkovBaritoneNikitich
Andreas WolfBassMityukha
Galeano SalasTenorThe Boyar-in-Attendance
Anna El-KhashemSopranoXenia
Markus EicheBaritoneShchelkalov
Maxim PasterBaritonePrince Shuisky
Heike GrötzingerMezzo-sopranoXenia's nurse
Rachael WilsonMezzo-sopranoFeodor
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Child murder, scheming monks and a tsar lapsing into madness – Modest Mussorgsky spread the thematic arc wide in his choral opera, which he began to work on from 1868, and with which he attempted to awaken an awareness of his own time through the indirect route of a historic story. As an artist of the 19th century, he was driven by the psychology of the masses. Thus, in Boris Godunov, alongside the hero of the title, the main role is actually taken primarily by the Russian people, rejoicing, starving, demanding and questioning. "Uncovering the fine features of human nature and the mass of humanity, stubbornly drilling in these unexplored regions and conquering them – this is the mission of the true artist. Onward to new shores!“

© Wilfried Hösl
© Wilfried Hösl
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