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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 and English surtitles.

The premiere will be broadcast live on Swedish National Radio.

Please note, in scene 2 there are high sound levels from church bells. The sound is within allowed health and safety levels and is not dangerous, but can be perceived as uncomfortable for those sitting close to the orchestra pit.

Boris Godunov, trailer
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.

Mats Bäcker

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.

Listen to a panel discussion about Boris Godunov
”Seizing power or being forced to take it – how to deceive the masses”

Recorded 10 April on the Small Stage

Guest: Per Grankvist, author and writer. With members of the artistic team and soloists. Chair for the panel is The Göteborg Opera's dramaturgist, Göran Gademan. 

The panel discussion is in English, Swedish and German. 

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


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