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 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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prince Igor

By mkoloski1
Written January 21, 2017
The best opera, amazing.
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Prince Igor

By renatemoser
Written March 03, 2014
"Prince Igor" is one of the most impressive HD transmissions from the Metropolitan Opera I have ever seen. There is no weak spot in the entire presentation of the opera. YOU MUST GO.
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Prince Igor

By jhdexter
Written March 02, 2014
This was a great performance marred only by a very poor management of the interior lights at New Roc and an extremely poor set of choices regarding the level of gain for the loudspeakers. I think the audience is primarily between the ages of 55 and 80. Careless management of the lights is dangerous and could result in a fall or worse. Opera is 50% visual and 50% musical. It is not a rock concert. Distortion is totally wrong. Buzzing treble notes do not belong. Put somebody in the auditorium with some sense of how the music should sound, and how the audience should be kept safe.
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