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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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Prince Igor

By playwrite2000
Written March 02, 2014
A chorus of 160 voices maneuvering difficult Russian lyrics effortlessly. Kudos to METOP chorus. How ironic watching an opera about a Russian army invading another country as Putin, mimicking Igor, sends his storm troopers into the Crimea!
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Great interpretation of Borodin's masterpiece - Ruined by the video producer

By Rex-CT
Written March 02, 2014
I wish I could tell the HD Live video producer that he / she is NOT filming an episode of NYPD Blue or Law & Order with the constant camera pans and zoom close ups. Dozens of extremely talented performers, at the peak o f their careers, appear on the set at times and the "producer" keeps focusing on close ups, pans, and artsy juxtapositions. Please, I want to have a similar experience as if I were in the audience at the outstanding Met (and was for over 10 years until I moved to Atlanta). Great operatic production ruined by overindulgent video production. Pity. However, still worth seeing for the new interpretation of the opera. RM
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