Musorgsky: KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY
Birmingham Opera Company 2014
A new English version of Musorgsky's Khovanshchina written by Max Hoehn
Directed by Graham Vick, Designed by Samal Blak, Lighting by Giuseppe di Iorio
Cast: Eric Greene, Claudia Huckle, Paul Nilon, Keel Watson, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
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