DVD Release: Kent Nagano conducts Boris Godunov at the Bayerische Staatsoper

Mussorgsky’s opera “Boris Godunov” was Kent Nagano’s final new production in his last season as Music Director at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. The label Bel Air will now release a DVD of the performance beginning of February. “If there was a live recording, one would have to get it immediately“, wrote Helmut Mauró on 14 February 2013 at the Süddeutsche Zeitung on the occasion of the premiere.

Child murder, scheming monks and a tsar lapsing into madness – Modest Mussorgsky spreads the thematic arc wide in his choral opera, with which he attempted to awaken an awareness of his own time through the indirect route of a historic story.

Kent Nagano and stage director Calixto Bieito put the less often performed and much shorter first version of the opera on stage – this way the spotlight is turned on the inner life of Godunow who is beset with hallucinations and feelings of guilt.

Please click here for a trailer of the performance.


Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

Opera in four parts and seven scenes

First version (1868/1869)

Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky after Alexander Pushkin and Nikolai Karamsins

Boris Godunov – Alexander Tsymbalyuk

Fyodor – Yulia Sokolik

Xenia – Eri Nakamura

Xenia’s nurse – Heike Grötzinger   

Schuisky – Gerhard Siegel   

Andrey Chelkalov – Markus Eiche   

Pimen – Anatoli Kotscherga

Grigory Otropyev – Sergey Skorokhodov

Varlaam – Vladimir Matorin   

Missail – Ulrich Reß   

Hostess – Okka von der Damerau

Simpleton – Kevin Conners   

Nikititch – Goran Jurić   

The Boyar – Dean Power

Mityucha – Tareq Nazmi   

Captain – Christian Rieger   

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Conductor Kent Nagano

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Chorus master Sören Eckhoff

Stage direction – Calixto Bieito

Set design – Rebecca Ringst

Costume design – Ingo Krügler

Lighting – Michael Bauer

Dramaturgie/Dramaturgy – Andrea Schönhofer

HD recording: Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich),  February 2013

Produced by François Duplat

Directed by Andy Sommer