Boris Godunow

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January 2022 Next

Political turmoil reigns in Russia after the death of the Tsar. Although nobleman Boris Godunov wants to refuse the crown, he inwardly craves power.

„Boris Godunov” is an opera about truth and lies in politics, lust for power and the burden of political responsibility.

Peter Konwitschny, „Director of the Year” in 2018, will be celebrating his Volksoper debut with this Russian „opera of the people” in its original 1869 version.

Program and cast

Conductor: Jac van Steen
Director: Peter Konwitschny
Stage design and costumes: Okarina Peter
Stage design and costumes: Timo Dentler
Choir production: Holger Kristen

Boris Godunov, Tsar of Russia: Albert Pesendorfer
Fyodor, his son: Ghazal Kazemi
Xenia, his daughter: Elisabeth Schwarz
Nurse: Sulie Girardi
Prince Wassili Schuiskij: Carsten Süss
Schtschelkalow, secretary: Günter Haumer
Pimen, chronicler and hermit: Stefan Cerny
Grigori Otrepjew, the false Dimitri: Vincent Schirrmacher
Warlaam, runaway beggar monk: Martin Winkler
Missail, runaway beggar monk: Christian Drescher
Tavern keeper: Martina Mikelić
First police officer: Yasushi Hirano
Second police officer: Daniel Ohlenschläger
Fool of God: Karl-Michael Ebner
Leibbojar: Thomas Sigwald
Mitjuch: Alexander Pinderak

Volksoper Vienna

Public transport:

Underground line U6
Trams 40, 41, 42
Bus 40A
Stop "Währinger Straße / Volksoper"

A taxi stand is located at Währinger Gürtel.
Parking garages in WIFI and AKH


The Volksoper is Vienna’s main stage for operetta, opera, musicals and ballet, offering sophisticated musical entertainment. Colourful, eclectic and full of vitality, it is the only theatre dedicated to the genre of operetta.

Operetta belongs to Vienna and Vienna installed it at the home of operetta, Volksopera Vienna, which thereupon became the leading operetta house in the world. First class singers, actors and dancers together with a versatile orchestra cunjure up a musical firework display every evening.

Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán wrote their world famous beloved melodies for operettas such as “The Fledermaus”, “The Merry Widow” and “The Csárdás Princess”. A visit to at least one of these operettas at the Volksopera Vienna is a must for every visitor to Vienna!

Also performed are operas from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as classic musicals and ballet. In addition, the Volksoper has a fifth longstanding and proven speciality: it stages soirées, cabaret and burlesque performances under the name of “Volksoper Spezial”.

In the repertory theatre, which seats 1,337 persons, some 300 performances of around 35 different productions are staged every year between September and June.

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