KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry

The Russians are coming…

KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry

by Modest Musorgsky
in a new English version by Max Hoehn
directed by Graham Vick
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Stratford

Birmingham Opera Company  Chorus 

22, 24, 28, 30 April and 2 May 2014 at 7.00pm

Birmingham Opera Company present a new production of Musorgsky’s KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry.

Over the last 15 months Birmingham Opera Company has been exploring the work of Modest Musorgsky (also Mussorgsky). We kicked off in Spring 2013 with a special digital and performance project in partnership with BBC Birmingham built on the beautiful song cycle, Songs and Dances of Death. Now in 2014, we're mounting a new production of Musorgsky's Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.


KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry raises strikingly modern parallels; the story takes place in a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising influence. Musorgsky paints a devastating portrait of a nation on the brink of collapse; torn apart by state corruption, religious fanaticism, social inequality and ethnic cleansing.


An Official UK - Russia Year of Culture 2014 Event, the powerful political drama about rebellion and revolution will be performed in a secret venue in Birmingham. Director Graham Vick was one of the first international directors to be invited behind the Iron Curtain, by Valery Gergiev to direct Prokofiev’sWar and Peace at the Kirov in 1991. Over 30 years later his current new production of Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov can be seen this year at the Mariinsky Theatre. Vick now directs Musorgsky’s final opera for the first time and in the UK.

Box Office information will be released in early March 2014.

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