As part of their Year of Culture, the Barbican Centre is exploring Russian identity during their Classical Music Season. Under the masterful guidance of conductor, Valery Gergiev, The London Symphony Orchestra will perform two contrasting operas both depicting different parts of Russian life.
On the 3rd November you can discover the tale of Boris Godunov. Originally composed in 1869, it shows the price of power by comparing the ruler and the ruled. This will be followed by The Left-Hander on the 4th November, which premiered in 2013, and is now to be performed in the UK for the first time. It is a comedic opera about Russians, Englishmen, new technology, old traditions, and strong drink. Tickets to these performances are £15 - £65.
To compliment the operas, Andrei Petrenko will conduct the Mariinsky Chorus on the 5th Novembe, exploring Russian Orthodox sacred choral music and folksong. Tickets are £15.