San Francisco Symphony presents 'Boris Godunov' with Mariinsky star



Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Chorus, joined by the Pacific Boychoir and an internationally-renowned cast, in semi-staged performances of the epic political drama Boris Godunov featuring Mussorgsky’s original orchestration, June 14–15 & 17 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. 

Bass Stanislav Trofimov performs the title role of Boris Godunov; other leading roles are sung by Cuban-American mezzo-soprano Eliza Bonet, soprano Jennifer Zetlan, tenor Yevgeny Akimov and baritone Aleksey Bogdanov.

The production, conceived by MTT and directed by James Darrah, features original lighting design by Pablo Santiago, projection design by Adam Larsen, and scenic & costume design by Emily Anne MacDonald & Cameron Jaye Mock.  This team produced a memorable ‘Oh the Town’ in 2016. Mr. Tilson-Thomas says: “My goal with each semi- staged production, whether opera, musical theater, or symphonic work, is to use lighting, costumes, projections, and stage direction to further illuminate the music and story so that the audience comes away with a deeper and more immersive concert experience. I’m looking forward to this production which will showcase the incredible artistry of the San Francisco Symphony, our esteemed soloists, and our remarkable design team and stage crew.”

Tickets for all three performances are available at