The Paris Opera live in cinemas

Author: François Roussillon et Associés

Boris Godunov will be broadcast live from Paris Opera in France, Europe, Canada and Morocco.

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In 1824, when Pushkin turned to Boris Godunov for his first historical drama, he knew only too well what a colossus he was tackling. It was armed with his reading of Shakespeare that he matched his skills to the dazzling reign of the Tzar of Russia (1598-1605).

Indeed, there are elements of Macbeth in this political fable, in which the ghost of the child that Boris has had killed in order to seize the throne appears as an impostor. Adapting this epic poem, Mussorgsky composed a 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…” Ivo Van Hove is no stranger to grand political frescos having already staged Tragédies Romaines and Kings of War based on plays by Shakespeare. This is his first production for the Paris Opera.

Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Stage director: Ivo Van Hove
Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Ildar Abdrazakov, Boris Godounov
Ain Anger, Pimen
Evgeny Nikitin, Vaarlam

Presented by FRA Cinéma and Opéra national de Paris
A co-production of Opéra national de Paris / Bel Air Média
With the participation of France 2
With the support of CNC and of Fondation Orange, sponsor for the Paris Opera’s audiovisual broadcasts
In partnership with UGC
In association with Rising Alternative and CGR Events



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