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Boris Godunov

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France
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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 17:00
Duration: 2h 15min
Sung in: Russian
Titles in: French,English
Bass: Alexander Roslavets (Boris Godunov)
Conductor: Andris Poga
Choir: Choir of the Opéra National du Capitole
Soprano: Lila Dufy (Kseniya (or Xenia))
Tenor: Marius Brenciu (Prince Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuysky)
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
Soprano: Victoire Bunel (Fyodor (or Feodor))
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Poet: Alexander Pushkin
Librettist: Modest Mussorgsky
Director: Olivier Py

The historical drama and political fable Boris Godunov is a giant of the Russian operatic corpus.

There are several versions of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky, inspired by Pushkin’s play. The first version, composed between 1868 and 1869, was banned by the censors as it was forbidden at the time to depict the Tsar on the opera stage, and in particular because it had no female lead, love plot or ballet scenes. A second version was produced in 1872 and was eventually premiered in 1872 after numerous setbacks and at the insistence of opera stars of the day. There were also reorchestrations by Rimsky-Korsakov at the turn of the century, followed at a later date by Shostakovich. In all of these versions, the focus is on the loneliness of power and its excesses. In the original 1869 version which has been chosen for this new production, the plot is compact and extremely dramatically condensed. The dark premise is underscored by a wild yet flamboyant orchestration which lays bare the psychology of the title role.
“I want the sound to express the idea, I want the truth,” wrote Mussorgsky. His sombre tale of the rise and fall of Boris is a fascinating and unsettling theatrical and musical experience. As a historical drama and political fable, Boris Godunov is a true titan of the Russian operatic corpus. But it is first and foremost a meditation on the isolation of power and its abuses. Another titan is required to play this colossal role and Alexander Roslavets perfectly embodies the necessary strength and interiority. He is supported by a team of singers experienced in this type of demanding repertoire and the Orchestre National de France under the baton of seasoned conductor Andris Poga.

Coproduction: Opéra National du Capitole, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Premiere of this production: 27 June 1874, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg

Boris Godunov is an opera by Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881). The work was composed between 1868 and 1873 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is Mussorgsky's only completed opera and is considered his masterpiece. Its subjects are the Russian ruler Boris Godunov, who reigned as Tsar (1598 to 1605) during the Time of Troubles, and his nemesis, the False Dmitriy (reigned 1605 to 1606). The Russian-language libretto was written by the composer, and is based on the drama Boris Godunov by Aleksandr Pushkin, and, in the Revised Version of 1872, on Nikolay Karamzin's History of the Russian State.

Venue Info

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées - Paris
Location   15 Avenue Montaigne

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is an entertainment venue situated near Avenue des Champs-Élysées, from which it takes its name. Its eponymous main hall may seat up to 1,905 people.

Commissioned by impresario Gabriel Astruc, the theatre was built from 1911 to 1913 upon the designs of brothers Auguste Perret and Gustave Perret following a scheme by Henry van de Velde, and became the first example of Art Deco architecture in the city. Less than two months after its inauguration, the Théâtre hosted the world premiere of the Ballets Russes' Rite of Spring, which provoked one of the most famous classical music riots.

At present, the theatre shows about three staged opera productions a year, mostly baroque or chamber works more suited to the modest size of its stage and orchestra pit. It also houses an important concert season. It is the home venue of the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Lamoureux and serves as a French base for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as well.

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Ensemble orchestral de Paris play most of their concerts here too, along with other dance, chamber music, recital, and pop events.

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 17:00
Duration: 2h 15min
Sung in: Russian
Titles in: French,English
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