Khovanshchina | Welsh National Opera

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Unmissable” ***** The Stage

"Tomáš Hanus conducts with passion’" **** The Guardian

"This is opera on the moral edge, and it mesmerises"  ***** The Telegraph

"*****" The Times

 "Five stars for WNO's unmissable production" *****  The Independent


Based on true events, Khovanshchina takes us back to 17th century Russia where the country is in turmoil. The noble Khovansky, joins forces with the Old Believers, as they rebel against modern reform being imposed by the Tsar. As personal and political ambitions combine and clash with both constitutional and religious forces, the struggle for power will result in grave consequences. 

WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney and new Music Director Tomáš Hanus join forces for this revival of Musorgsky’s epic opera, addressing themes of politics, madness and death as relevant today as back in history. Combined with striking staging and powerful, unforgettable choral music, it promises to be an unmissable event in our Autumn Season.

  • Performances start at 7pm
  • Running time approximately three hours and 30 minutes including one interval
  • Sung in Russian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)


Part of R17

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The Russian Revolution Season is supported by WNO Partners


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Prince Ivan Khovansky Robert Hayward 
Prince Andrei Khovansky Adrian Dwyer 
Prince Vasily Golitsyn Mark Le Brocq
Shaklovity Simon Bailey
Dosifei Miklós Sebestyén
Marfa Sara Fulgoni
Scribe Adrian Thompson
Emma Claire Wild

Conductor Tomáš Hanus

Director David Pountney
Staff Director Deborah Cohen
Associate Director Benjamin Davis
Set Designer Johan Engels
Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour
Choreographer Beate Vollack

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