Modest Musorgsky: 'Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry'
A New English Version of Musorgsky's opera Khovanshchina
Written by Max Hoehn, Directed by Graham Vick, Designed by Samal Blak.
with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Stratford
'Like two candles burning bright
We shall glow with a holy light
Bathing in the flames of God
We shall both free out souls from the chains of life.'
MARFA, Act 3
'In the pay of politicians
Gossip helped to fill the prisons
Built a network of informers
Gossip soon increased the tortures.
Leaking lies to all the papers
Wrecking public reputations!'
GRANNY GOSSIP CHORUS, Act 3
REVIEWS FOR KHOVANSKYGATE
'The nation named in Max Hoehn's demotic translation is still Russia...but we could be anywhere - even here...Crude politics, vivid performances, magnificent orchestral playing combine to exhausting, unsettling effect.' * * * * The Times
'Vick and his translator, Max Hoehn, transfer the power politics into contemporary terms clearly referring to Putin's dark arts, but also drawing parallels with extremist nationalist movements in Europe and the religious Right of America.' * * * * The Telegraph
'Max Hoehn's new English version seethes with urban slang...The contemporary echoes are only too evident...But Khovanskygate was a night for the chorus and the people of Birmingham. The cheers were ecstatic.' The Observer
'A logistical, musical and dramatic triumph'
The Sunday Times
'A scintillating new translation' Exeunt Magazine