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Prince Igor

By drandrewj
Written March 02, 2014
Excellent production and performance. All performers were excellent, choreography and set design added greatly to the spectacle. A rare opportunity to see an infrequently performed opera.
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Metropolitan Opera: Prince Igor LIVE in HD

By a2020orthophoria
Written March 02, 2014
Excellent to experience the MET Opera with the LIVE in HD experience. Prince Igor is a NEW production and hasn't been seen in USA over the last 100 years. Artistically produced with superb cast...mostly native Russians.
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Great interpretation of Borodin's masterpiece - Ruined by the video producer

By Rex-CT
Written March 02, 2014
I wish I could tell the HD Live video producer that he / she is NOT filming an episode of NYPD Blue or Law & Order with the constant camera pans and zoom close ups. Dozens of extremely talented performers, at the peak o f their careers, appear on the set at times and the "producer" keeps focusing on close ups, pans, and artsy juxtapositions. Please, I want to have a similar experience as if I were in the audience at the outstanding Met (and was for over 10 years until I moved to Atlanta). Great operatic production ruined by overindulgent video production. Pity. However, still worth seeing for the new interpretation of the opera. RM
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Prince Igor

By Stonering24
Written March 02, 2014
The Metropolitan Opera simulcast of Prince Igor was at its usual high quality. I especially enjoyed the intermission scenes of the stage hands at work changing the sets - always a fan of backstage stuff. However, the production of the opera garners a mixed review from me. Musically, it was just fine but the staging had problems. The "Russian" scenes were fine, but the black/white photos, the poppy field etc. in the first act just didn't work well. These are not really innovative ideas - directorial high concept stuff like this has been around since the 1950's and 60's in European cinema. It made for a disjointed and visually dull first act. In addition the Polovtsian dances - the most well-known music - were choreographically dull and wrong headed - we don't need Isadora Duncan on steriods. So a mixed bag - but grateful to the Met for doing these simulcasts.
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Prince Igor

By playwrite2000
Written March 02, 2014
A chorus of 160 voices maneuvering difficult Russian lyrics effortlessly. Kudos to METOP chorus. How ironic watching an opera about a Russian army invading another country as Putin, mimicking Igor, sends his storm troopers into the Crimea!
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