Boris Godunov


Opera in four parts and seven scenes
First version (1868/1869)
Libretto : Modest Mussorgsky after Alexander Pushkin and Nikolai Karamsins

Boris Godunov : Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Xenia : Eri Nakamura
Schuisky : Gerhard Siegel
Andrey Chelkalov : Markus Eiche
Pimen : Anatoli Kotscherga

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Conductor : Kent Nagano

Stage direction : Calixto Bieito

BAC102 / Opera recorded at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2013


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.

With the participation of conductor Kent Nagano, catalan stage director Calixto Bieito proposes an original reading of this brilliant work. The cast leaded by Alexander Tsymbaliuk (Boris) associates Gerhard Siegel (Schuisky), Markus Eiche (Chelkalov) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Pimen).


 ‘’A ‘Boris Godunov’ to Die For’’

‘’The bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk sings Boris with handsome, lean tone and ably conveys the czar’s mental disintegration’’ NEW YORK TIMES

  • Director: Andy Sommer
  • Length: 139 min - Image: NTSC, colour, 16:9
  • Audio: PCM Stereo, 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Subtitles: FR / EN / DE
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