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MTT leads the SF Symphony in new semi-staged production of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, June 14–15 & 17

May 16, 2018

   


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / UPDATED JUNE 7, 2018

   
(High resolution images of Michael Tilson Thomas, James Darrah, and the full cast are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Press Kit)

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY & CHORUS AND AN INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED CAST IN ORIGINAL SEMI-STAGED PERFORMANCES OF MUSSORGSKY’S OPERA BORIS GODUNOV, JUNE 1415 & 17, 2018

Bass Stanislav Trofimov performs the title role of Boris Godunov

Production team includes Director James Darrah, Lighting Designer Pablo Santiago, Projection Designer Adam Larsen, and scenic & costume design by Emily Anne MacDonald and Cameron Jaye Mock

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Chorus, joined by the Pacific Boychoir and an internationally-renowned cast, in semi-staged performances of the epic political drama Boris Godunov featuring Mussorgsky’s original orchestration, June 14–15 & 17 at Davies Symphony Hall. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. The production, conceived by MTT and directed by James Darrah, features original lighting design by Pablo Santiago, projection design by Adam Larsen, and scenic & costume design by Emily Anne MacDonald & Cameron Jaye Mock . This same world-class creative team has previously collaborated with MTT and the SFS on critically-acclaimed productions including Peer Gynt in 2013, Peter Grimes in 2014, and, most recently, On the Town in 2016. 

For more than twenty seasons, Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS have been reinventing the way audiences experience classical music by creating original staging for works of the orchestral and operatic repertory in a symphonic setting. From The Flying Dutchman, Peter Grimes, and Peer Gynt, to West Side Story and On The Town, MTT continues to explore new ways to provide context for core masterworks with visionary staging and design elements. “My goal with each semi-staged production, whether opera, musical theater, or symphonic work, is to use lighting, costumes, projections, and stage direction to further illuminate the music and story so that the audience comes away with a deeper and more immersive concert experience,” explains Michael Tilson Thomas. “I’m looking forward to this production which will showcase the incredible artistry of the San Francisco Symphony, our esteemed soloists, and our remarkable design team and stage crew.”

The accomplished Eastern European cast assembled for Boris Godunov includes bass Stanislav Trofimov (Boris Godunov), tenor Sergei Skorokhodov (Grigory), tenor Yevgeny Akimov (Prince Shuisky), bass Vyacheslav Pochapsky (Varlaam), bass Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev (Pimen), baritone Aleksey Bogdanov (Andrei Shchelkalov), and tenor Stanislav Mostovoy (Holy Fool), in addition to soprano Jennifer Zetlan (Xenia), mezzo-soprano Eliza Bonet (Fyodor), mezzo-soprano Silvie Jensen (Nurse), mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook (Innkeeper), tenor Ben Jones (Missail), tenor Elliott EncarnaciĆ³n (Boyar in Attendance), baritone Matthew Peterson (Chernikovsky), baritone Jonathan Thomas (Lavitsky), baritone Samuel Faustine (Boyar Khrushchov), bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Nikitich), and bass Chung-Wai Soong (Mityukha). Other cast members include choreographer and dancer Christopher Bordenave, and Judson Emery, Charissa Kroeger, Austyn Rich, Sasha Rivero, and Jobel Medina who appear in various roles as actors and dancers. The performances also feature the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, directed by Ragnar Bohlin; the Pacific Boychoir, directed by Andrew Brown; and live Russian bells performed by San Francisco percussionist Victor Avdienko.

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