Baritone Bryn Terfel, a real Covent Garden favourite, steps straight out of his role in May and June as the villainous chief of police Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca to take the title role in this Russian masterpiece.
Expect great set pieces and great waves of Russian choruses from this opera, which was first staged in 1873, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. Many years in the making, and with revisions ahead, the opera was an instant success for the composer, who it is said took 20 curtain calls on first night.
The rules becomes detached from his people in Boris Godunov. Photo: Catherine Ashmore
The opera is set in the time of the first tsars. When Ivan the Terrible dies, it is his brother-in-law, Boris who takes up the mantle, but famine and uprisings destabilise his limitless ambitions.
With big, splashy orchestration and powerful numbers, the epic Boris Godunov is an absolute must. Marc Albrecht conducts the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sets are by Miriam Buether and traditional costumes by Nicky Gillibrand.
Boris Godunov (Bryn Terfel) maps out an ever-expanding kingdom. Photo: Catherine Ashmore
Listen out too for the bass Matthew Rose as the hermit Pimen, veteran John Tomlinson as the vagabond Varlaam and tenor David Butt Philip as the Pretender Griogry Otrepiev, in a cast dominated by the cream of British singing.
Boris Godunov is sung in Russian with English surtitles. Performances are on 19, 222, 25, 27 and 29 June; 3 July. Booking opens 9AM, Wednesday 3 April
|What||Boris Godunov, Royal Opera House|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
19 Jun 19 – 03 Jul 19, six performances, no interval
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|