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S49 Ep17

GP at the Met: Boris Godunov

Premiere: 2/6/2022 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between ambition and paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky’s Russian masterwork in its original 1869 version. Stephen Wadsworth’s production captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people as well as the tsar himself. Met Opera soprano Angel Blue hosts.

About the Episode

Premieres Sunday, February 6 on PBS (check local listings)

New York metro area premiere Sunday, February 13 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between ambition and paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky’s Russian masterwork in its original 1869 version. Stephen Wadsworth’s production captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people as well as the tsar himself. Great Performances at the Met: Boris Godunov premieres Sunday, February 6 on PBS (check local listings) as part of #PBSForTheArts. The New York metro area premiere is Sunday, February 13 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Met Opera soprano Angel Blue hosts. The broadcast opens season 16 of Great Performances at the Met that includes 10 new operas premiering monthly February-November 2022 on PBS.

#PBSForTheArts is a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America. For more than 50 years, PBS has been the media destination for the arts, presenting dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country. Previous Great Performances programs include Romeo & Juliet from the National Theatre, The Arts InterruptedCoppelia, From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2022 and Reopening: The Broadway Revival. The collection of #PBSForTheArts programs is available at pbs.org/arts and the PBS Video app. Curated conversation and digital shorts are also available on PBS social media platforms using #PBSForTheArts.

Cast:

  • Sebastian Weigle – Conductor
  • René Pape – Boris Godunov
  • David Butt Philip – Grigory
  • Maxim Paster – Shuisky
  • Aleksey Bogdanov – Shchelkalov
  • Ryan Speedo Green – Varlaam
  • Ain Anger – Pimen

Creative:

  • Modest Mussorgsky – Composer
  • Stephen Wadsworth – Production
  • Ferdinand Wögerbauer – Set Designer
  • Moidele Bickel – Costume Designer
  • Steve Rankin – Fight Director
  • Duane Schuler – Lighting Designer

Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. Boris Godunov is directed for the screen by Gary Halvorson. For the Met: Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances: Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers. For Great Performances, funding is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation and The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.

Websites: http://pbs.org/gperfhttp://facebook.com/GreatPerformances@GPerfPBShttp://youtube.com/greatperformancespbsgiphy.com/greatperformances #GreatPerformancesPBS #PBSForTheArts

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TRANSCRIPT

Behold the coronation of Russia's new Tsar in Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov.'

The Russian peasants are suffering, but Boris is himself a tortured soul who feels unworthy of prayer.

Look for the brilliant René Pape and an exciting cast and chorus when 'Boris Godunov' comes to 'Great Performances at the Met.'

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