Kent Nagano | Calixto Bieito | Bayerische Staatsoper

Mussorgsky : Boris Godunov

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).

Press review

‘’A ‘Boris Godunov’ to Die For’’
‘’The bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk sings Boris with handsome, lean tone and ably conveys the czar’s mental disintegration’’ – The New York Times

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Mussorgsky : Boris Godunov [DVD & Blu-ray]

Opera in four parts and seven scenes
First version (1868/1869)

Music and libretto : Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
After Alexander Pushkin and Nikolai Karamsins

Boris Godunov Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Fyodor Yulia Sokolik
Xenia Eri Nakamura
Xenia’s nurse Heike Grötzinger
Schuisky Gerhard Siegel
Andrey Chelkalov Markus Eiche
Pimen Anatoli Kotscherga
Grigory Otropyev Sergey Skorokhodov
Varlaam Vladimir Matorin
Missail Ulrich Reß
Hostess Okka von der Damerau
Simpleton Kevin Conners
Nikititch Goran Jurić
Boyard Dean Power
Mityucha Tareq Nazmi
Captain Christian Rieger

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor Kent Nagano

Stage direction Calixto Bieito

Sets Rebecca Ringst
Costumes Ingo Krügler
Lighting design Michael Bauer
Dramaturgy Andrea Schönhofer
Chorus master Sören Eckhoff

technical informations

HD recording : Bayerische Staastoper | 02/2013
TV direction : Andy Sommer
Release date : 28 January 2014
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

1 DVD
Reference
: BAC102
Barcode : 37601153061023
Running time : 139 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER
Image
 : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC402
Barcode : 3760115304024
Running time : 139 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD.
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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