Thursday 30 Apr 2015, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Jakub Hrůša conductor

Dimitry Ivashchenko bassBoris Godunov

Hubert Francis tenorPrince Vasily Ivanovich Shuysky

Eddie Wade baritoneAndrey Shchelkalov/Boyar-in-attendace

James Way tenorFool-in-God (Holy Fool)

Johnny Herford baritoneNikitich (police officer)

Frances Bourne mezzo sopranoFeodor

Stephen Kennedy baritoneMitjuha

Philharmonia Voices Peasants, boyars and nameless voices

David Edwards director

Borodin Overture, Prince Igor

Cui Overture, Le flibustier

Rimsky-Korsakov Overture on Three Russian Themes


Mussorgsky Boris Godunov (excerpts)

Four of Russia’s ‘Mighty Handful’ of composers combine forces in a programme bookended by music from epic blockbuster operas. Both were later ‘revised’ by Rimsky, whose colourful Overture on Three Russian Themes epitomizes the St Petersburg nationalist style, while Cui’s sparkling overture has nothing to do with pirates but prefaces a charming domestic comedy.

This concert is part of the The Mighty Five series

This concert is supported by an anonymous donor