Modest Mussorgsky's landmark opera Boris Godunov is coming to The Metropolitan Opera in its original iteration — a two-and-a-quarter hour performance without intermission. René Pape, world-renowned for playing the title tsar, will reprise it once more in Boris Godunov in New York. Boris Godunov tickets will be available soon.
Boris Godunov is an opera centered on the tsar of the same name who is wracked with guilt after being implicated in the murder of Dmitri, the rightful heir to his throne. The young novice Grigory, upon learning of this, takes on the mantle of "false Dmitri" and endeavors to claim the throne for himself. Based on historical events involving the real Boris Godunov, is a bleak and affecting portrait of Russian rule in the 16th and 17th centuries, but one widely regarded as Mussorgsky's masterpiece.
Boris Godunov premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, in January 1874. Its Metropolitan Opera and United States premiere took place in March 1913. It has been seen in various iterations — its world premiere was of a revised version completed in 1872, whereas the New York premiere was of a revised edition by composer Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov in the early 20th century — but opera houses today are more frequently returning to Mussorgsky's original opera.
Tickets for Boris Godunov will be on sale at New York Theatre Guide soon.