Bringing “Prince Igor” Back to the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Russian composer Alexander Borodin’s unfinished opera Prince Igor has been hailed as a masterpiece, but it hasn’t been performed at the Metropolitan Opera since 1917. Ildar Abdrazakov talks about playing the 12th-century ruler in the all-new production and Anita Rachvelishvili plays the Polovtsian princess Konchakovna. 


Ildar Abdrazakov and Anita Rachvelishvili
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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

What a mighty paeon to civilizations this music with its chorus and soloists and orchestra performing SO MAGNIFICENTLY as at this MET OPERA performance. An appropriate signature opera by BORODIN.
KUDOS to ALL CONCERNED. The performance, today Saturday, March 1st,2014, has just ended to well-deserved applause. PRINCE IGOR has that epic quality that distinguishes drawing room simplistic soap opera plots from the major masterpieces that deal with emotionally-complicated political power plays. Wagner, Verdi and Moussorgsky dealt so affirmatively with political ramifications. It is about time that masterpieces like Prince Igor and Die Frau ohne Schatten that the MET OPERA is performing this season be given their rightful share with the more popular chestnuts in the repertoire of opera companies. Given the actual production values with confirmed financial backing, the appropriate singers will appear when those conditions are understood to be permanent and not just fads. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor. I will sing the four song cycles that are most often performed in their orchestral garb:the complete Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder," the complete Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen," the tenor's music in Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" and Waldemar's music in Schoenberg's "Gurre-Lieder" at the New Life Expo at the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC on Saturday March 22nd at 6 PM in the Gold Room on the second floor. I have sung four three-hour-long solo concerts, the last two ALL-WAGNER concerts, in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall including programming the Wagner and the first named Mahler song cycle. One may hear my singing LIVE from the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium of CARNEGIE HALL, from my four three-hour-long solo concerts by downloading, FREE, 37 out of the nearly 100 selections that I have sung there by going to RECORDED SELECTIONS on my websites, and Roles represented from live performances are Otello, Siegfried, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Florestan, Tristan, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Rienzi, Lohengrin,Orfeo, Federico and, in oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus.

Mar. 01 2014 05:00 PM
NeverBored from New Jersey

As I was listening to two great opera singers talking about Borodin's operatic masterpiece, I was unpleasantly surprised by their ignorance of the literary source - the ancient 12th century epic of Prince Igor. Yes, it was taught in the Soviet schools. No, not the Pushkin's version. In fact, there is no Pushkin's version of Prince Igor. Pushkin never translated the old-Russian epic into contemporary Russian language of his time. He was interested in the epic, but the translations were made by other scholars. It saddened me to learn that both Ildar and Anita confused Pushkin's own epic of "Oleg the Seer" (a completely different story) with the ancient anonymous tale of Prince Igor set to music by Borodin.

Feb. 16 2014 02:57 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

...but where else other than old commercials for 120 Classical Masterpieces can you hear The Polyvetzian Dance #2? (Who else in the audience can remember John Williams telling us that we might recognize this as 'Strangers in Paradise' but did you know it is actually..." and so forth. Those were the days.

Feb. 13 2014 12:58 PM

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