2015

Boris Godunov

Prague National Theatre

Opera - by Modest Petrovič Musorgskij; The National Theatre

Michail Kazakov (Boris Godunov) and Sylva Čmugrová (Fjodor), photo by H.Smejkalová

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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.

Aleš Voráček (Misail) and Andrea Kalivodová (Waitress), photo by H.Smejkalová

At the time when there is no heir apparent, legitimate is the one who does the most to make himself legitimate and knows that the ends justify the means.

< Kateřina Jalovcová (Fjodor), Yvona Škvárová (The Nanny) and Marie Fajtová (Xenie), photo by H.Smejkalová

Who will win over the ignorant common people believing in tall stories?

< Vitalij Jefanov (Boris Godunov) and Kateřina Jalovcová (Fjodor), photo by H.Smejkalová

Who will better cope with the mean tricks of the Boyars participating in the country’s administration?

Vitalij Jefanov (Boris Godunov) and Tomáš Kořínek (Jurodivý), photo by H.Smejkalová

< Vitalij Jefanov (Boris Godunov), photo by H.Smejkalová

Who will be able to resist the pangs of conscience in himself?

< Michail Kazakov (Boris Godunov), photo by H.Smejkalová

Welcome to the time of Griskhas, the time of self-appointed usurpers.

Tomáš Černý (Lžidimitrij), Luděk Vele (Varlam), Aleš Voráček (Misail), Lucie Hilscherová (waitress), photo by H.Smejkalová

Scene from the performance Boris Godunov, photo by H.Smejkalová

Scene from the performance Boris Godunov, photo by H.Smejkalová

Musical preparation: Petr Kofroň
Conductor: Petr Kofroň, Jan Chalupecký
Stage director: Linda Keprtová

Scene from the performance Boris Godunov, photo by H.Smejkalová

Sets: Jan Štěpánek
Costumes: Eva Jiřikovská

Michail Kazakov (Boris Godunov), photo by H.Smejkalová


Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk, Lukáš Vasilek, Jiří Chvála
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hučín
Motion cooperation: Marcela Benoni

Michail Kazakov (Boris Godunov), photo by H.Smejkalová

one of the most celebrated historical operas of all time bears the name of a prominent Russian Tsar
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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

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