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Boris Godunov - Opening Night (7 December)

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7 December 2022
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes ca. intermission included

FIRST ACT 70 minutes / Intermission 30 minutes / SECOND ACT 70 minutes

 

Popular musical drama in a prologue and three acts (1869 version)

Libretto by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

 

Teatro alla Scala New Production

Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus

Treble Voices Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

Conductor Riccardo Chailly
Staging Kasper Holten
Sets Es Devlin
Costumes Ida Marie Ellekilde
Lights Jonas Bøgh
Video  Luke Halls

CAST

Boris Godunov Ildar Abdrazakov
Fydor Lilly Jørstad
Kseniya Anna Denisova
Kseniya's nurse Agnieszka Rehlis
Vasiliy Shuysky Norbert Ernst
Shchelkalov Alexey Markov
Pimen Ain Anger
Grigorij Otrepev Dmitry Golovnin
Varlaam Stanislav Trofimov
Misail Alexander Kravets
The Innkeeper Maria Barakova
The yuródivïy Yaroslav Abaimov
Pristav, head of the guards Oleg Budaratskiy
Mityukha, a peasant Roman Astakhov
Court boyar Vassily Solodkyy

Mussorgsky’s disturbing fresco on the brutality and solitude of power, inspired by Pushkin, has a strong bond with La Scala: this was where it debuted in Italy in 1909 and where Claudio Abbado put his name to a memorable edition directed by Yuri Lyubimov on 7 December 1979. Abbado was assisted by Riccardo Chailly, who today, for his ninth season inauguration, has chosen to conduct for the first time this title of profound humanity in which personal drama is reflected in collective tragedy, made all the more rich in meaning by his choice of the first version of the opera. The stage direction of Kasper Holten, former Director of Covent Garden, adds a view of the history of Russia, heightening the emotional experience with a reflection on the value of memory and the bearing of witness.

 

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