The international festival “Stars Parade in the Opera” goes on. On February 14, Modest Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” is performed in the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The performance is directed by Nadezhda Stolbova. This is the story of Boris the Tsar, who suffered great spiritual torments and whose spirit wasn’t strong.
Spectators will get a rare opportunity to hear the author’s first draft of the “Boris Godunov” opera - its first performance was done on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre more than 140 years ago. Mussorgsky had a creative upsurge, working on the opera. “I lived by “Boris”, in “Boris”, - he wrote, - “And the time I spent working on “Boris” left inerasable marks on my memory - they’re dear to me”.
The following festival guests will take the stage: Honoured Artist of Russia Mikhail Gubskiy (the Bolshoi Theatre, the Novaya Opera Theatre), Alexei Tikhomirov (the Novaya Opera Theatre) and Vladimir Taisayev (The Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre). Their companions on the stage will be soloists of the Krasnoyarsk Opera Daria Ryabinko, Inna Spodina, Olga Monastyirshina, Alexander Mikhalev, Eugeni Baldanov, Ilia Krivchikov, Andrei Kolobov. Maestro Dmitri Volosnikov (the Novaya Opera Theatre) is at the conductor's stand.
More than 800 costumes are used in the performance, such as fur and brocade coats, embroidered in precious gems, beads and silk. The Bolshoi Theatre provided us with the costumes and decorations made after sketches by famous theatrical artists Pavel Kaplevich and Yuri Kooper. Another gem of the performance is bell-ringing. Specially for this show, nine bells were founded according to the ancient technology in Yaroslavl Region; the overall weight of them is about a ton. The gamut of bells is lined up according to the original Mussorgsky’s score.
The “Boris Godunov” opera is a worldwide known masterpiece. Famous movie directors turned to the story of the Russian tzar - Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Konchalovsky, Alexander Sokurov are among them. The Mussorgsky’s opera is considered to be a kind of the Russian art’s hallmark in the world and is performed in the best opera theatres.