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Prince Igor- The Metropolitan Opera

By dick251
Written March 09, 2014
It was a disaster at the Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley. Both the sound and images were fractured and intermittent. We left the theater without seeing Prince Igor. VERY DISAPPOINTING to say the least.
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Prince Igor

By gakhyg
Written March 03, 2014
To me, it was a disaster. I love the opera, and I really could not stand this production. Left after the first act. Listened the rest on the radio, which was a much better experience, although the whole plot, as well as music, was messed up. Do not recommend.
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"Prince Igor" as PSYCHODRAMA

By Barry Freed
Written March 06, 2014
As host Eric Owens explains before the start of the Met's new "Prince Igor," the present production, directed by Dmitiri Tcherniakov DOES NOT invoke the grand spectacles of the past, as resurrected from Borodin's incomplete manuscripts by Russian composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov. No, Tcherniakov's intention is to bring out the "drama" (psycho-drama?) in the struggles of the 12th century Russian Prince. What we get is yet another travesty in Peter Gelb's growing list of wrong-headed opera "updates." The disastrous first act moves from a "12th century" Russian army with late 19th century uniforms and sidearms, to WWI-style B&W photos of Igor's dead and wounded soldiers to a ludicrous expanse of synthetic red poppies and the tackiest and most outrageous "Polovtsian Dances" imaginable -- dances that would have embarrassed a high school audience. The remaining acts are tarnished by more absurd anachronisms but not to the same degree as the first. So much wasted talent! Gelb must go!
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Prince Igor

By Patricialampton
Written March 02, 2014
That is a must go for opera lovers. Beautiful music and spectacular staging. If you are not ab opera fan you probably wouldn't like it.
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One of those truly memorable music experiences

By joebraun
Written March 02, 2014
Very simply: magnificent singing and extraordinary directing brought Borodin's work to impacting immediacy. Adding more deserving superlatives would sound too cliche. Its portrayal of Russian power struggles and oppression in the 12th century is all-too-familiar currently.
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