Opera - by Modest Petrovič Musorgskij; The National Theatre
<michail kazakov (boris godunov), photo by h.smejkalová< /p>
Even though one of the most celebrated historical operas of all time bears the name of a prominent Russian Tsar, Boris Godunov is not the one and only lead character in Mussorgsky’s fresco. Similarly to A. S. Pushkin’s eponymous drama, the opera is a Shakespearean, multivalent and multilayered study of human society on the threshold of a crisis – a crisis of authority, traditions and law, a crisis of morals.
< Vitalij Jefanov (Boris Godunov), photo by H.Smejkalová
Pushkin ironically referred to his play as “a comedy about the real misery of the Moscow state, about Tsar Boris and Grishka Otrepyev”. Yet it is a comedy that chills. Following the death of the last Rurik dynasty members Ivan the Terrible and his sons Fyodor and little Dimitry, the Russian throne is vacated.
Musical preparation: Petr Kofroň
Conductor: Petr Kofroň, Jan Chalupecký
Stage director: Linda Keprtová
Sets: Jan Štěpánek
Costumes: Eva Jiřikovská
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk, Lukáš Vasilek, Jiří Chvála
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hučín
Motion cooperation: Marcela Benoni