- 21 apr – 13 may 2018, Main Stage.
- Duration: 2 hours and 10 minutes, no interval.
- Leo Hussain
- Peter Konwitschny
- Assistant director
- Annika Nitsch
- Set designer
- Timo Dentler
- Costume designer
- Okarina Peter
- Lighting designer
- 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
- Johan Schinkler
- Misail & yuródivïy (holy fool)
- Conny Thimander
- The innkeeper
- Matilda Paulsson
- Ivan Dajic
- Jonas Landström
- Thomas Jönsson
- Boyar in attendance
- Tore Sverredal
- The Göteborg Opera Chorus
- The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
- Extra Chorus
- Children's Chorus
Ticket price SEK 100-640. Seven performances. Co-production Staatstheater Nürnberg / GöteborgsOperan / Theater Lübeck.
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.
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.
Images from the production
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.