New Production! Celebrated Dutch director Ivo Van Hove, no stranger to grand political frescos, will debut at the Paris Opera with a new production of Moussorgski's magnificent meditation on the solitude of power, a populist drama in which the real protagonist is the Russian people with its burden of eternal suffering. Pushkin had already wondered, “What is a soul? A melody, perhaps…”
This grand opera follows the dazzling, tortured reign of the titular Tsar of Russia (1598-1605), brilliant bass Ildar Abdrazakov, who seizes the throne as society around him is on the threshold of moral crisis.