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Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Amsterdam production is superbly performed and filmed here. The director sets the opera’s rampaging violence in a contemporary world and, by concentrating on the earthbound narrative, also manages to capture the qualities of mysticism and the supernatural that abound. It is visually stunning and wonderfully acted. Marc Albrecht’s conducting helps hold the sprawling work together and he shirks no demand, his orchestra and chorus responding magnificently. Young soprano Svetlana Ignatovich delivers a deeply moving Fevroniya, a massively demanding role that she traverses with warm tone and the most affecting personality; this is a remarkable performance. John Daszak’s Grishka is suitably frightening and vividly acted and Maxim Askenov’s youthful Vsevolod matches his soprano perfectly. The remaining cast work as a true ensemble and the tension becomes almost unbearable. The final scene alone should carry a warning – Tcherniakov’s inspired direction and Ignatovich’s profound innocence will make you weep.

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