• Released
  • March 5, 2014
  • 4 hr 30 min
  • Concert/Special Events
    Music/Performing Arts

Prince Igor

By dmhaggis
Written March 06, 2014
This production did not work in the cinematic form. The staging was weird with soldiers singing to the walls and often the lighting had the main singer in the dark. The sound engineering was ghastly with someone turning down the loud parts so that the great big wonderful Russian Choruses sounded as thought they were coming from underwater. The dance sequence was certainly original just not my taste. Frankly after the first act we walked out. We have been to several broadcasts of Covent Garden opera performances and the sound, camera work and general production presentation has been far superior.
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Prince Igor

By evecalif
Written March 06, 2014
It was unusually enjoyable. The Borodin music in the dream scene (lst act) is so beautiful. There is not a boring minute. Even better than attending a live opera performance because you get to go backstage to see scene changes and interviews with the stars.
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The producers must have their heads examined.

By gbond52
Written March 06, 2014
I’m classically trained musician in ex Soviet Union. I’ve seeing Prince Igor in multiple Russian (Soviet era) productions in its classical version. This production is a travesty. It is a spit in the face of those who knows Russian history and who loves Russian music. Only idiots at The Met who have no understanding and appreciation for Russian history and traditions of Russian music could sign up for that and spend millions on putting and promoting this crap as a legitimate Prince Igor production. It was so painful to watch that we left after the second act. Some things should be left unchanged. Classical music is one of those things. In summary this production is CRAP.
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The music's the thing!

By Gene_in_LA
Written March 06, 2014
This was a musically magnificent performance, from start to finish, and almost from the bottom to the top of the cast. The production is less successful. The entire Polovtsian act is done in a poppy field. It works if you know the significance of the poppies, but dramaturgically it's much less successful. There are obviously entrances and exits in the music. The idea of having the whole thing take place in Igor's mind does not work. The lively Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens became a backdrop for a black-and-white representation of the recent battle and Igor's part in it. It just doesn't fit. I'd gladly buy a mere CD of the performance, but I don't need to see it again.
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Prince Igor

By jhnsn
Written March 06, 2014
Prince Igor, the Met Opera production, was fantastic. The voices were superb and the acting was incredible. What the singers said about the direction was right on the mark. I loved the Russian basses, and the soprano divas were terrific. I'd love to see it again, but on stage if possible. Sets and costumes were terrific. I think that any traditional rendering of Prince Igor will suffer by comparison.
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