• Opera
  • 21 apr13 may 2018, Main Stage.
  • Ensemble


    Leo Hussain
    Peter Konwitschny
    Assistant director
    Annika Nitsch
    Set and costume design
    Timo Dentler
    Set and costume design
    Okarina Peter
    Lighting design
    Olaf Lundt


    Boris Godunov
    Clive Bayley
    Solgerd Isalv
    Anna Johansson
    Mari Lindbäck
    Prince Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuysky
    Tomas Lind
    Andrey Shchelkalov
    Mats Persson
    Mats Almgren
    Grigoriy, the pretender
    Joachim Bäckström
    Alessio Cacciamani
    Misail & yuródivïy (holy fool)
    Conny Thimander
    The innkeeper
    Matilda Paulsson
    Jonas Landström
    Tomas Jönsson
    The Göteborg Opera Chorus
    The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
    Extra Chorus
    Children's Chorus

Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep

Boris Godunov

Everything has a price. Except a clear conscience.

Opera in seven scenes by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881).
Libretto by the composer, based on the drama by Alexander Pushkin.

Sung in Russian with Swedish surtitles.

The premiere will be broadcast live on Swedish National Radio.

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.

Clive Bayley

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.


Boris Godunov is a co-production with the opera houses of Nürnberg and Lübeck.


April 2018

Sat 21/4
Main Stage 
Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep
Wed 25/4
Main Stage 
Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep
Sun 29/4
Main Stage 
Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep

May 2018

Thu 3/5
Main Stage 
Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep
Sat 5/5
Main Stage 
Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep
Fri 11/5
Main Stage 
Pensioner discount valid
Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep
Sun 13/5
Main Stage 
Last performance
Ticket release 12pm, Mon 25 Sep

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