Synopsis by Tracie Cooper
Considered one of Mussorgsky's greatest pieces, this production of Khovanshchina was conducted under the baton of Claudio Abbado and performed by the world-renowned Vienna State Opera. Set in 17th century Russia, Khovanshchina follows the conflict between orthodox Russian conservatives and the more progressive reformers led by Peter the Great. Among the singers is renowned basso Nicolai Ghiaurov and Paata Burchuladze, as well as Anatoly Kocherga, Ludmila Semtchuk, and Heinz Zednik.
opera, persecution, political-unrest, Russian [nationality]