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Boris Godunov

Initially rejected by the State authorities before its world première in 1874, Boris Godunov remains Russia's most legendary opera.Thursday 22 (gala), Tuesday 27, Thursday 29 April and Sunday 2 May 2021, at 2 pm Opéra de Monte-Carlo - Salle Garnier

Modest Mussorgsky, a civil servant plagued by alcoholism and a pioneering, mercurial composer, perhaps lacked the strength needed to defend his creation, completed in 1869. The advisory committee of the Imperial Theatres imposed a raft of changes that would effectively transform his original vision. What was first written as a portrait of a man with an all-consuming ambition, facing off against "his" people before being racked by his sins until his death, became a vast tableau of 16th century Russian society and its political upheavals. Thanks to the work of Pavel Lamm (1928), we now know what Mussorgsky intended his piece to look like, and that it is much closer to Pushkin's text than the revised version. The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has chosen to perform this more psychologically potent version for the first time. In this intimate setting, the life and torments of Tsar Boris will take on stark relief and unique dramatic power.

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Conductor
Konstantin Tchoudovski
Direction 
Jean-Romain Vesperini
Sets
Bruno de Lavenère
Costumes 
Alain Blanchot
Lighting
Bertrand Couderc
Video design 
Etienne Guiol
Choirmaster 
Stefano Visconti 
Boris Godunov 
Ildar Abdrazakov
Fyodor 
Marina Iarskaïa
Kseniya 
Anna Nalbandiants
The Nurse 
Marie Gautrot
Prince Vasiliy Shuysky
Aleksandr Kravets
Andrei Shchelkalov
Ilia Koutioukhine
Pimen
Alexeï Tikhomirov
Grigoriy
Oleg Balachov
Varlaam
Alexander Teliga
Misail
Evgueni Akimov
The Innkeeper
Natascha Petrinsky
The Innocent 
Kirill Belov
Mityukha
Aleksandr Bezroukov
Nikitich / Pristav
Grigori Soloviov
Boyar /Voice in the Crowd
Pasquale Ferraro