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Boris Godunov
About the performance

The Bolshoi Theatre staging of Boris Godunov is an example of the “grand style” of the 20th century that has been safeguarded until this day. Having referred to “folk musical drama” by Mussorgsky (such definition of genre was given to it by the composer), the creators of the production – conductor Nikolai Golovanov, director Leonid Lavrovsky, designer Fedor Fedorovsky, produced a work of an epic scale. Historically authentic set design and costumes, large dimensions of crowd scenes, detailed psychological examination of images – all of that makes this performance a unique monument of the epoch.

Premiered on October 16, 1948.

Presented with three intervals.

Libretto by Modest Mussorgsky, based on Alexander Pushkin’s play of the same name

Version and orchestration by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Orchestration of “At St. Basil Cathedral” scene by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov

1948 production
Music Director
Nikolai Golovanov
Stage Director
Leonid Baratov
Designer
Fyodor Fedorovsky
Choreographer
Leonid Lavrovsky
2011 revival
Director
Igor Ushakov
Choreography revival
Ekaterina Mironova
Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
4 hours 20 minutes
Language:
Russian

Sung in Russian with English surtitles.

Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Novodevichy Monastery in Moscow.

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Square in front of the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Kremlin.

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Dmitry Beloselsky as Boris Godunov.

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Vladimir Matorin as Boris Godunov.

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Rafał Siwek as Boris Godunov. Igor Golovatenko as Shchelkalov. Roman Muravitsky as Shuisky.

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Mikhail Kazakov as Boris Godunov.

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A cell in the Chudov Monaste­ry. Oleg Dolgov as Grigory. Alexander Naumenko as Pimen.

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Timofei Dubovitsky as Grigory. Denis Makarov as Pimen.

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An inn near the Lithuanian frontier. Vadim Tikhonov as Missail. Vyacheslav Pochapsky as Varlaam.Irina Rubtsova as Inkeeper. Photo by Damir Yusupov

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Vladimir Matorin as Varlaam. Tatiana Erastova as Inkeeper.

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Valery Gilmanov as Varlaam. Svetlana Shilova as Inkeeper.

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Grigory. Vladimir Komovich as Police officer.

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Vladimir Komovich as Police officer. Vadim Tikhonov as Missail. Vyacheslav Pochapsky as Varlaam. Irina Rubtsova as Inkeeper.

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Ivan Maximeiko as Missail. Valery Gilmanov as Varlaam. Irina Rubtsova as Inkeeper.

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The Tsar’s private apartment in the Kremlin. Evgenia Segenyuk as Xenia’s Nurse. Daria Zykova as Xenia.

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Evgenia Segenyuk as Xenia’s Nurse. Daria Zykova as Xenia.

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Yulia Mazurova as Fyodor. Anastasia Lerman as Xenia.

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Irina Berezina as Xenia’s Nurse. Anastasia Sorokina as Xenia.

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Ekaterina Vorontsova as Fyodor. Ildar Abdrazakov as Boris Godunov.

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Daria Belousova as Fyodor. Dmitry Ulyanov as Boris Godunov.

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Maxim Paster as Shuisky. Ildar Abdrazakov as Boris Godunov.

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Dmitry Ulyanov as Boris Godunov. Mikhail Gubsky as Shuisky.

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Roman Muravitsky as Shuisky. Stanislav Trofimov as Boris Godunov.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto as Boris Godunov. Maxim Paster as Shuisky.

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A ball in the garden of Mnishek, the Governor of Sandomir.

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Pretender. Agunda Kulaeva as Marina Mnishek.

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Hovhannes Ayvazyan as Pretender. Oxana Volkova as Marina Mnishek.

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Oleg Dolgov as Pretender. Elena Manistina as Marina Mnishek.

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Ksenia Dudnikova as Marina Mnishek.

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A square in front of the Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed. Mikhail Kazakov as Boris Godunov.

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Konstantin Artemiev as Simpleton.

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Bekhzod Davronov as Simpleton. Mikhail Gubsky as Shuisky. Dmitry Ulyanov as Boris Godunov.

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Stanislav Mostovoy as Simpleton. Roman Muravitsky as Shuisky. Rafał Siwek as Boris Godunov.

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A clearing in the forest near Kromy.

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Sergei Semishkur as Pretender.

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The Granovitaya Chamber, in the Kremlin. Dmitry Ulyanov as Boris Godunov.

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Dmitry Beloselsky as Boris Godunov.

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Elena Novak as Fyodor. Mikhail Kazakov as Boris Godunov. Maxim Paster as Shuisky.

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Cast
13 January
2023

Friday, 19:00

12 January
2023

Thursday, 19:00

11 January
2023

Wednesday, 19:00

02 October
2022

Sunday, 19:00

15 June
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

14 June
2022

Tuesday, 19:00

27 January
2022

Thursday, 19:00

26 January
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Prologue

Scene 1

A crowd throngs by the high walls of the Novodevichy Monastery in Moscow. The boyar, Boris Godunov, has withdrawn to the monastery after the death of Tsar Fyodor, who did not leave an heir. That Boris will be elected to the throne is a foregone conclu­sion, but he makes a show of refusing the crown so that he is not suspected of wishing to seize power. At the order of a police offi­cer, the people beg Godunov to accept election to the throne:

“Do not abandon us, Father,

Do not leave us helpness!”

But Shchelkalov, secretary of the Duma, announces that Boris is implacable.

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