Lecture-Screening Boris Godunov Opera at Pushkin House

On Wednesday 17th November there will be a lecture-screening of Boris Godunov Opera with an introduction by Julian Gallant at Pushkin House as part of the Nikolai Dvigubsky Series.  The Royal Opera House Production by Andrei Tarkovsky (as transferred to the Mariinsky Theatre, St.Petersburg, in April 1990) features the orchestra and chorus of the Kirov Opera and stage set design by Nikolai Dvigubsky.  The cast is as follows:

Boris Godunov – Robert Lloyd
Marina – Olga Borodina
Dmitri – Alexei Steblianko
Rangoni – Sergei Leiferkus
Pimen – Alexander Morosov
Shuisky – Yevgeny Boitsev

Boris Godunov Lecture-Screening at Pushkin House, London

6.30pm, 17th November 2010

In Russian with English subtitles

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Sibiriade – Nikolai Dvigubsky Series at Pushkin House

On 4th November Russophiles can enjoy a lecture screening of epic film, Sibiriade, in four parts as part of the Nikolai Dvigubsky Series at Pushkin House. Hidden deep in Siberia is a village of Yelan. Two families live here from the time immemorial: the Solomins – wealthy, well-established people; and the Ustyuzhanins – rebels, poets, jovial persons, though as hard-working as the former. In 1917, a revolution took place in Russia, which had radically changed the lives of many Russians, including those living in Yelan. But the well-to-do Solomins would not recognise the Soviet regime.  Years will pass before the young generation of Solomins’ and Ustyuzhanins’ children and grand-children put an end to the senseless hostility and build a new life on Siberia’s rich and fertile land.

6.30pm, Thursday 4 November 2010
Lecture-Screening “Sibiriade”, Nikolai Dvigubsky Series
1978 | USSR, Mosfilm | colour | 100 mins + 99 mins
In Russian with English subtitles
Tickets: £7.00, concessions £5.00, FREE for Friends of Pushkin House

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Pushkin House Becomes a Theatre

AnastasiaThis Christmas, Pushkin House presents the world premiere of “Anastasia” by Marcelle Maurette.  Set in a Berlin townhouse, in 1928, 10 years after the murder of the Tsar and his family at Ekaterinberg, rumours circulate among Russian exiles that one of the Tsar’s children survived the firing squad.

Taking advantage of this collective hope, three businessmen plot to gain access to the murdered Tsar’s millions by passing off a disturbed girl as that survivor. The girl is a fast learner, she makes a convincing Anastasia Nikolaevna, they just have to fool the Tsar’s mother – The Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna – and the money will be theirs.

This is not a fairy story or a sentimentalised account of the “Anastasia myth”, but an exploration of trauma, suffering, and loss and how the human soul tries to find respite and finally peace from it.

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