Prince Igor

By artwilliamharper
Written March 04, 2014
First, I must admit that I did not attend the HD transmission of PRINCE IGOR. I had sat through the dress rehearsal, and thought I disliked it, but upon reflection, despised it. I did listen to the live radio broadcast, however, and thought it magnificent ….the music itself, the singers, the orchestra. The production makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. It should be one of the foremost examples of orientalist music-drama, exuding an exoticism as visually evocative as is the score…….tribal richness vs. Orthodox Russian conservatism. The director was quoted in the NY TIMES as saying that the overall mood would be "medieval." I guess his take on mid 20th century Stalinst Russia was medieval, since that was his badly misplaced stance on what was a cold, heartless visual production with the exceptionof the Eisentein inspired video. To ruin the Polyvestian dances with silly arm-throwing movement should exile him to Siberia. The poppy field put me to sleep.
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Lot's of Hype

By CCRohlf
Written March 02, 2014
The music and singers were wonderful. The poppy field was beautiful. However, the dance in the poppy field was not beautiful and flowing. The dancers were navigating the dance around the field. I found the dancing - distracting and cumbersome. All the hopping and jumping prevented the dance scene from integrating with the music.
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PRINCE IGOR

By cbabla
Written March 03, 2014
THE NEW-REVISED VERSION OF PRINCE IGOR IS OUTSTANDING. USING THE DANCES AS A FINALLY TO THE FIRST ACT IS TRULY AN ENORMOUS IMPROVEMENT OVER OTHER VERSIONS OF 'IGOR'. KEEPING THE PRINCE VISUALLY PRESENT AS THE CENTRAL FIGURE WAS ANOTHER FINE ARTISTIC DECISION. IT WOULD BE TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE MET AND OF MET FOLLOWERS TO SEE THIS PRODUCTION ADDED TO THE AVAILABLE DVD LIBRARY OF MET PRODUCTIONS. Dr. Axton
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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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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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