What did you think of the live cinema relay of Richard Jones' Royal Opera production of Musorgsky's historical epic?
The Tsar Boris Godunov came to power by murdering the nine-year-old Dmitry, heir to the throne. Boris has ruled well, but famines, thought by some to be divine punishment, have led to rising support for his enemies. The young monk Grigory, realizing he was born the same day as the murdered Tsarevich, decides to pose as the risen Dmitry in a bid to seize the throne.
In the title role of Boris Godunov – Modest Musorgsky’s only completed opera – the composer created one of the greatest bass-baritone roles in the canon. The psychological acuity with which he depicts the tsar’s power and vulnerability makes great demands on the singer-actor, nowhere more so than in the acclaimed soliloquy ‘I have attained the highest power’. Musorgsky’s subtle handling of different genres results in a particularly crucial role for the chorus as the Russian people, from their manipulation at Boris’s coronation to their credulous enthusiasm for the Pretender. The opera’s highly individualistic approach to drama and declamation, and the towering central role for the title character, have ensured its position as one of the great works in the repertory.
Boris Godunov Digital Programme
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Bryn Terfel stars in the live cinema relay of Richard Jones' new Royal Opera production.
To find out more visit the Boris Godunov (2016) production page.