Lot's of Hype

By CCRohlf
Written March 02, 2014
The music and singers were wonderful. The poppy field was beautiful. However, the dance in the poppy field was not beautiful and flowing. The dancers were navigating the dance around the field. I found the dancing - distracting and cumbersome. All the hopping and jumping prevented the dance scene from integrating with the music.
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Prince Igor

By artwilliamharper
Written March 04, 2014
First, I must admit that I did not attend the HD transmission of PRINCE IGOR. I had sat through the dress rehearsal, and thought I disliked it, but upon reflection, despised it. I did listen to the live radio broadcast, however, and thought it magnificent ….the music itself, the singers, the orchestra. The production makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. It should be one of the foremost examples of orientalist music-drama, exuding an exoticism as visually evocative as is the score…….tribal richness vs. Orthodox Russian conservatism. The director was quoted in the NY TIMES as saying that the overall mood would be "medieval." I guess his take on mid 20th century Stalinst Russia was medieval, since that was his badly misplaced stance on what was a cold, heartless visual production with the exceptionof the Eisentein inspired video. To ruin the Polyvestian dances with silly arm-throwing movement should exile him to Siberia. The poppy field put me to sleep.
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PRINCE IGOR

By cbabla
Written March 03, 2014
THE NEW-REVISED VERSION OF PRINCE IGOR IS OUTSTANDING. USING THE DANCES AS A FINALLY TO THE FIRST ACT IS TRULY AN ENORMOUS IMPROVEMENT OVER OTHER VERSIONS OF 'IGOR'. KEEPING THE PRINCE VISUALLY PRESENT AS THE CENTRAL FIGURE WAS ANOTHER FINE ARTISTIC DECISION. IT WOULD BE TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE MET AND OF MET FOLLOWERS TO SEE THIS PRODUCTION ADDED TO THE AVAILABLE DVD LIBRARY OF MET PRODUCTIONS. Dr. Axton
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Prince Igor

By enarcht
Written March 03, 2014
The overall production was good, especially the voices and music! It is an opera after all. But the modern suits and ties on Yeroshka and Ovlur seemed too modern. Because it is Russian, it helps to be familiar with the 'story'. Like a Russian novel, there are many layers and sometimes hard to follow. The voices were magnificent and I loved the poppy field 'dream set. I am grateful they mounted the production since it is rare.
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Russian history at its best :)

By cristiaan
Written March 02, 2014
Up to this point, most operas that I have seen revolve around a woman. I am glad that I accepted to attend and watch Prince Igor. Ildar Abdrazakov's interpretation of Prince Igor was outstanding. The role of the princess sung by Oksana Dyka was good, but the true revelation of the whole play is the role of Konchakovna, sung by Anita Rachvelishvili. For this production, there is a good use of media (video) to make up for the parts that are unsung. But my favorite scene was the one in the poppy fields. All in all, very good, and a very nice portrait of Russia, its culture and its strong character and beautiful people.
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