Musorgsky: KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY
A New English Version of Musorgsky's opera Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company
Written by Max Hoehn, Directed by Graham Vick,
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Stratford
'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
'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...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