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Prince Igor, MetOpera HD transmission

By cgvasiliadis
Written March 02, 2014
This Borodin (+Rimski-Korsakov & Glazounov) music is a great discovery. I loved the meaning behind the story line. The ending scene of the people picking up debris to rebuild their lives was powerful. Poppy field is brilliant for posting a pschological scene. Great production, gorgeous performances of orchestra and singers. This Russian nationalistic approach is inherently static and forces singers to compensate with highly dramatic acting. They are terrific in this and great credit should be given to this all-Russian cast, particularly the principals. I missed the plush sound of a western trained soprano; those Russian basses are inimitable, though ensembles between several of them can sound like a roaring herd of bison! What a great service these movie operas are to the public.! We would never have been able to see such a magnificent operatic production. Keep it up Fandango! CGV
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Prince Igor

By amyorker
Written March 06, 2014
A spectacular new production (the first in nearly 100 years) with great singing, drama and staging. If you are a fan of 19th-20th century Russian classical music, this is for you. It even may appeal to the "Kismet" fan who will recognize many familiar Borodin themes. This is a production that the Met does best, and you can see all the back stage scene setting in action, like watching the workings of a great ant hill up close, only with narration and interviews of the queen and her lead drones. The Met in HD is a must-see for the true opera buff.
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Prince Igor at the Met: so-so

By lbrookes572
Written March 02, 2014
Prince Igor is an uncompleted opera by Brorodin. It also is a poem based on a tale of events in what was Rus in the 12th century (The Ukraine today). There is no definitive rendering of the elements of the opera that Borodin left when he died. The creators of this circumstance have taken advantage of that fact to completely change the story of Igor and to render it into a parable placed in the time of Borodin. Musically they have done a good job. The singing was always fine and often exceptional. So far, so good. But the story amounts to an extended dream sequence with a final act that is totally different from the story from which Borodin derived is opera. As such it borders on ludicrous. The production fails; it belongs in the category of EuroTrash. I am sure I would have enjoyed the broadcast more.
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The Metropolitan Opera: Prince Igor

By slondon873
Written March 02, 2014
I didn't care for the staging of the first act, as the delirium/dreams of Prince Igor, I felt the narrative line was lost. ' I did enjoy the other acts and the sets were very imaginative. My favorite performance was Prince Galitsky played by: Mikhail Petrenko
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Prince Igor

By nasa11
Written March 02, 2014
The singing was really well done; the format, using photographs and a poppy field, were unusual. The costumes were not the 12th century real Prince Igor, but more like 1800's. The opera was long and "restful" -- I had lots of naps while beautiful music was being sung.
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