Borodin’s operatic masterpiece Prince Igor, in its first Met performances since 1917, will be captured live in high-definition for the first time from the Metropolitan Opera and screened in select Australian cinemas nationally Saturday 22 March and Sunday 23 March.
The new production by director Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut stars Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor, a 12th-century ruler who defended Russia against invading Polovtsian forces. Gianandrea Noseda, will conduct a new edition of the opera, left unfinished by Borodin at the time of his death in 1887, which has been specially created for the Met production.
Also in the cast are Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Igor’s wife, Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Russian tenor Sergey Semishkur in his Met debut as Igor’s son, Vladimir Igorevich; Mikhail Petrenko as Yaroslavna’s brother, Prince Galitsky; and Štefan Kocán as Khan Konchak, leader of the Polovtsian forces.
“A revelatory production… [Tcherniakov’s] wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical. The impressive cast, with many Russian singers, is headed by the compelling bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Mr. Noseda conveys the Russian character of the music, while conducting it with clarity and precision. The Met chorus is at its glorious best.” — The New York Times
Running time: approximately 4 ½ hours with two intermissions