Boris Godunov

Boris Godunow: Anatoli Kotscherga Boris Godunow: Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper Boris Godunow: Markus Eiche, Anatoli Kotscherga, Gerhard Siegel, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto by the composer after Alexander Pushkin

Opera in four parts
Child murder, scheming monks and a tsar lapsing into madness – Modest Mussorgsky spread the thematic arc wide in his choral opera, which he began to work on from 1868, and with which he attempted to awaken an awareness of his own time through the indirect route of a historic story. As an artist of the 19th century, he was driven by the psychology of the masses. Thus, in Boris Godunov, alongside the hero of the title, the main role is actually taken primarily by the Russian people, rejoicing, starving, demanding and questioning. "Uncovering the fine features of human nature and the mass of humanity, stubbornly drilling in these unexplored regions and conquering them – this is the mission of the true artist. Onward to new shores!“

In Russian with German surtitles

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Live transmission from Munich's Nationaltheater on BR-Klassik.
30 minutes before the performance, live from the lobby of the Nationaltheater: The opening night broadcast with on-the-scene interviews and reports.


Première on Wednesday, 13 February 2013
7.00 p.m. - app. 9.15 p.m.
Playing time: 2 hours 15 minutes (no intermission)
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The Bavarian State Orchestra
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera