Alexander Borodin’s epic Prince Igor has its first Met performances since 1917 in a new production staged by noted Russian opera director Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut.
On March 1, the performance will be available as part of the Met in HD series in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 64 countries around the world.
Gianandrea Noseda and Pavel Smelkov conduct the lush score, famous for its celebrated “Polovtsian Dances.”
Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role, a Russian hero whose military maneuvers are complicated by romantic intrigue, political rivalries, and familial disputes.
The cast also includes Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Yaroslavna, Igor’s emotionally vulnerable second wife; Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Sergey Semishkur in his Met debut as Vladimir Igorevich, Igor’s son and Konchakovna’s lover; Mikhail Petrenko as Prince Galitsky, Yaroslavna’s brother; and Štefan Kocán as the warlord Khan Konchak.
Left unfinished at the composer’s death, Prince Igor does not have a definitive performing version. Noseda and Tcherniakov have constructed a new version using recent research that incorporates all the known music and orchestration by Borodin, changes the order of some scenes, and includes three pieces of newly orchestrated material by Pavel Smelkov, the Russian composer and conductor who also leads the February 21 performance.
Performance Dates: February 6, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, March 1, 4, 8.
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