Royal Opera

Boris Godunov

In Cinemas 22, 23, 24 & 27 Apr 2016
Antonio Pappano
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Bryn Terfel, John Graham-Hall, John Tomlinson
Modest Mussorgsky
Richard Jones
Set Design
Miriam Buether
2h37 no interval
Sung in Russian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Covent Garden, London 21 Mar 2016
4 stars. Terfel rules as Boris. This performance offers two uninterrupted hours of great music drama, magnificently sung, conducted and staged. Fired by incandescent orchestral playing, this is a major artistic achievement.
Rupert Christiansen, THE TELEGRAPH (UK)

New Production!
Award-winning director Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Mussorgsky’s magnificent opera on the perils of power, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. Based on a play by Pushkin, the opera is set in Russia after the death of Ivan the Terrible, and follows Tsar Boris Godunov and his struggles with power, greed and guilt. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel’s assumption of the title role – one of the greatest bass-baritone roles in the canon – while John Graham-Hall appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.