THE KHOVANTCHINA / program / Bastille / January 2022

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After Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky continued to explore and question Russian history. For this opera, he was inspired by the Moscow Revolt of 1682, the year Peter the Great was crowned tsar. While he wished to reform Russia, he encountered resistance from the nobility and the church, the former led by Prince Ivan Khovanski, the latter by the Old Believers and their leader Dosifei. To this tragic story, Mussorgsky gave the most fascinating music, dark and haunting, seeming to come from the depths of time. Andrei Serban's staging plunges us into 17th century feudal Russia with its flamboyant costumes and monumental sets.

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