Boris Godunov

I heard that the Mariinsky Opera would be having a three-day residency at the Barbican, and I decided to go and see all of their shows. The first was Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

I am familiar with the story, as I saw Pushkin’s play on which the opera is based a couple of years ago at the RSC. The historical epic was given powerful treatment in a concert performance conducted by Valery Gergiev.

I was impressed by the singers, particularly Mikhail Kazakov as Boris and Mikhail Petrenko as the monk Pimen, and loved the music, which was powerful and memorable. The story was gripping, and I was interested to see how it differed from the play I was familiar with.


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