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review of met opera "Prince Igor"

By Rigoletto51
Written March 03, 2014
I was really looking forward to this, because I have heard some of the music, such as the "Polovitsian Dances" and the inspiration for "Stranger in Paradise". Singing was really great, like wise with acting and most of the stage direction. I thought that the much-touted scene in the poppy field became visually monotonous after a while. I would have preferred seeing the Polovitsians in their barbarous and colorful costumes. Still,it is good to see so many gifted Russian singers doing a Russian opera. I am old enough to remember the era of the cold war, when we could not get ANY Russian singers out from behind the iron curtain. This film is definitely for adults, not because anything x-rated is going on-simply it is that the emotional and dramatic situations are not what children can relate to.
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By CHELE1870
Written March 04, 2014
First off I love a good opera. I was hopeful it was going to be amazing as always even though it was going to be a long one, 4 1/2 hours to be exact (includes intermissions). It was a slow start in story line. The actors/singers were amazing. The story line just to me didn't carry it or hold interest. There were a few parts where I was wishing it were just over, wishing to just fall asleep, or leave yet I stuck it out. The dream sequence, the whole black and white filmed part was out of ordinary, the poppy field was gorgeous. However, it was far too long and the most uninteresting part of the whole opera. I also found it hardest to keep my eyes from closing during this Act. After speaking with several people after the show, it seemed I was not the only one who felt this way. Bravo to all of the actors for they gave a marvelous performance. You could feel the emotion of what they were singing about even if it was a less than exciting story line.
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Rince Igor

By luvhdfilm6
Written March 02, 2014
Delightful. Since I was familiar with Borodin's music owning several of his works as well as the Broadway show, Kismet it was interesting to hear how thosae wonderful melodies were incorporated into the opera. The cast was great, acting delightful, scenery, as always marvelous. Only thought: it took a few moments to catch on to what the opera was trying to say with the close ups of Prince Igor face and then the scenes in the poppy field. We finally got it, but it took a bit.
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Prince Igor

By bassoI
Written March 02, 2014
A truly wonderful, spectacular production, though perhaps a bit long, but that is the length of the work. The singing is beautiful. Ildar who played Prince Igor has such a beautiful voice as did the other leads. The staging and orchestral playing was top notch also. I probably would not run out to see it immediately again, but it is a work one knows about and finally have had a chance to experience. After all who doesn't know "A Stranger In Paradise" and the Polovtsian Dances. Now we know where they came from. It is not a production of kids. Everything about the work is top notch.
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Prince Igor

By Hubler594
Written March 02, 2014
There were technical problems, like blurry images in the Poppy scene, and the man who did the interviews was totally inept. But the opera itself was superb and beautifully done. I do wish a better interviewer could be found--this chap was truly awful.
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