Boris Godunov, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, June 2019

This production uses Musorgsky’s vibrant, original version, with several singers returning to the roles they performed when this production was new in 2016. Again Bryn Terfel was magnificent as a powerfully sympathetic and well-nuanced Boris, with David Butt Philip giving a mean performance as the novice Grigory (Dmitri the pretender). New to the role of Pimen was Matthew Rose who conveyed firm depth as this worthy chronicler, and as the holy fool, Sam Furness (an excellent novice in the recent Billy Budd) showed appropriate anxiety and a mellow vocal line. See my review in The Article.

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