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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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Prince Igor

By pwillging38
Written March 02, 2014
Long Tomuch poppy scene. Voices great Alittle hard to follow . even with the sheet. Not one of our favorite Operas
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Prince Igor

By junecristine
Written March 03, 2014
While hesitating to go to such a long opera, I found it a fascinating story with great singers. The scenery was also so good in adding to the appreciation of this opera. I would love to see it again.
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