Opera

Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina

Stein Winge (stage director), Michael Boder (music director) – With Graham Clark (The Clerk, A Scrivener), Robert Brubaker (Prince Vasili Golitzin) – Gran Teatre del Liceu

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Cast

Stein Winge — Stage director
Chloe Obolensky — Set designer
Claudie Gastine — Costumes
Davy Cunningham — Lighting
Inger-Johanne Rütter — Choreographer
Vladimir Ognovenko — Prince Ivan Khovanski
Vladimir Galouzine — Prince Andrei Khovanski
Robert Brubaker — Prince Vasili Golitzin
Nikolai Putilin — Boyard Fyodor Shaklovitiy
Vladimir Vaneev — Dosifey
Elena Zaremba — Marfa
Graham Clark — The Clerk, A Scrivener
Nataliya Tymchenko — Emma
Orquestra Simfónica y cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu
José Luis Basso — Chorus master
Michael Boder — Music director

Program notes

A lyrical drama in a context of political, religious and cultural revolution, in the heart of the late 17th century in Russia.

The story takes place during the 1682 revolt opposing the Old Believers and the New Orthodox. Ivan Khovanski (Vladimir Ognovenko), head of the streltsy's uprising, embodies the movement of religious indignation which ends up being bloodily crushed.

This posthumous work by Mussorgky, whose score was completed by Shostakovitch a few years after the composer's death, is here staged by Stein Winge for the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

According to the specialists, Boris Godunov might be Mussorgsky's best-known work, but Khovanshchina is obviously the composer's greatest masterpiece. The choir parts carry the essence of the "Russian spirit" and the score of the opera furnished important material to the Red Army Choir.

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Directed by:
Ángel Luis Ramírez
Venue: Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain)
Production date: 2007
Duration: 2 h 57 min
Production: © Opus Arte / Gran Teatre del Liceu