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The cinema relay will be presented by TV and radio broadcaster Katie Derham.
Based on the play of the same name by Alexander Pushkin, Boris Godunov is inspired by the true story of the Russian Tsar who ruled the country at the end of the 16th century. The line between fact and fiction has become blurred over the centuries and is the subject of much debate by historians
In Musorgsky's version of the tale, Boris comes to power by supposedly murdering the true heir, the nine-year-old Tsarevich Dmitry. He rules Russia well, but his people suspect that the series of famines that have swept through the Kingdom are divine punishment.
Acclaimed director Richard Jones brings a new production of Musorgsky's 1869 version to the Royal Opera, a co-production with Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Please note: We advise that this production is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Russian composer Modest Musorgsky developed a new way of composing for the Russian language that achieved great lyric beauty. Beset by personal tragedy, Boris Godunov was the only opera the composer completed and is regarded as his masterpiece.
The music is a work of conflict, emphasizing the tensions between a ruler and his people, and a ruler's public action and internal thought.
The Coronation Scene is one of the opera's most powerful and famous musical moments. In it, Musorgsky establishes the conflicts that drive the opera.
The cinema relay sees Bryn Terfel sing the role of Boris Godunov.
Music Director of the Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano conducts.
After the relay on 21 March, we will publish a roundup of the audience tweets, so share your thoughts using the hashtag #ROHboris.
The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 21 March 2016.
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The production is a co-production with Deutsche Oper Berlin and is given with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, The Tsukanov Family Foundation, Simon and Virginia Robertson, The Mikheev Charitable Trust, the Boris Godunov Production Syndicate and an anonymous donor.