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Opera Modest Musorgsky "Khovanshchina" (folk musical drama in five acts, six scenes).
World famous Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera - established 1783

Running time: 4 hours 40 minutes

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Modest Musorgsky "Khovanshchina" (folk musical drama in five acts, six scenes). 2016

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Costume Designer: Tatiana Noginova
Lighting Designer: Vladimir Lukasevich
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Musical Preparation: Marina Mishuk
Set Designer: Yuri Alexandrov
Choreography: Dmitry Korneyev
Revival Stage Director: Yuri Laptev
Stage Director: Leonid Baratov
Set Designer: Fyodor Fyodorovsky

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Opera in 5 acts

Performed in Russian the performance will have synchronised English supertitles

World premiere: 21 February 1886 Amateur Musical-Dramatic Club in Kononov Auditorium, St Petersburg
Premiere in Russia: 7 November 1911 St Petersburg
Premiere of this production: 1 May 2000 Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

New stage version: Yury Alexandrov (2000)

Libretto by the composer
Orchestrated: Dmitry Shostakovich
Stage Director - Leonid Baratov
Set Designer - Fedor Fedorovsky

Performed in Russian

Khovanshchina (Hovanscina, sometimes rendered The Khovansky Affair) is an opera (subtitled a ínational music dramaí) in five acts by Modest Mussorgsky. The work was written between 1872 and 1880 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The composer wrote the libretto based on historical sources.


Act I

Moscow. Red Square. Shaklovity, a Boyar, dictates an anonymous letter to the Tsar, warning of a rebellion by Khovansky (captain of the Streltsy Guards) and the Old Believers. Ivan Khovansky arrives and promises a crowd of people to defend the Tsar against treachery. Andrey Khovansky, Ivanís son, chases in Emma, a German girl, but is fended off by Marfa, an Old Believer. Andrey threatens to kill Emma, but is prevented by the arrival of Dosifey, the leader of the Old Believers. Marfa leaves with Emma.

Act II

Summer Study of Prince Vasily Golitsyn. Marfa tells the princeís fortune, saying that he will fall from power. After she leaves, Golitsyn orders his servants to kill her. Ivan Khovansky appears to complain that Golitsyn has interfered with the Boyars, but Dosifey enters and persuades the two to work together. Marfa, who has been saved by the Tsarís guards, reappears, followed by Shaklovity, who tells the group that the Tsar has been warned of their opposition to him.


The Streltsi Quarter, South of the Moscow River.Marfa is overheard singing of her love by Susanna, a fellow Old Believer. Marfa admits to Dosifey that she loves Andrey Khovansky.

Act IV

Scene 1
A Richly Furnished Chamber in Ivan Khovanskyís Mansion. Khovansky is warned by a servant of Golitsyn that he is in danger, but Khovansky ignores the warning and watches his servant girls dance. Shaklovity enters and murders Khovansky.

Scene 2
Moscow. The Red Square before the Cathedral of Vasiliy the Blessed. Golitsyn is led into exile. Dosifey mourns the conspiratorsí downfall. Marfa offers sanctuary to Andrey with the Old Believers. The Streltsy are led to their execution. Peter, through an agent, intervenes to pardon them (which is not in agreement with historical fact).

Act V

A Pine Forest. A Secluded Monastery. A Moonlit Night. Dosifey and his followers prepare to immolate themselves. As Dosifey, Marfa, Andrey and the Old Believers perish in the flames of a burning chapel, Peterís soldiers arrive in a vain attempt to capture them.

Provided by Wikipedia - Khovanshchina

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    Schedule for Modest Musorgsky "Khovanshchina" (folk musical drama in five acts, six scenes). 2016

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