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

A Crushing Bore and a Disgrace!!!!

By Eugene Onegin Encore
Written March 06, 2014
I have taught a course on Russian opera at a leading university and used "Prince Igor" as a means of approaching and understanding Russian musical culture. This new version from the Met is simply awful! It divests Borodin's work of much of its beauty, tones down its vibrant spirit, and for no good reason slows its intensity of music and dramatic acting. Much of the audience departed after the first act. It is hard to understand why the Met ruined a most exhilirating opera by replacing it with this ill-considered monstrosity.
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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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Amazing performance

By dananbar
Written March 06, 2014
Opera lovers are blessed with the opportunity to buy the "best seats in the house" for $20! Prince Igor is a masterpiece that is rarely performed (last time by the Met 100 years ago!). This Met's production featured young operatic stars that captivated the audience with their voices and emotions. Prince Igor is a story about love, loyalty , betrayal and above all about a hero who learns to know his own inner self through a humiliating and painful failure. Except for a few themes that were popularized by Hollywood ("Stranger in Paradise") the music will be a new but most satisfying discovery for most people. Don't miss it!
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Over produced but sung beautifully

By 4bbilson
Written March 07, 2014
This is a long opera--though not as long as a Wagner one! Some of the stage business seemed to add to the length without adding to the dramatic impact. For example, the Polovtsian dances went on much too long; a little judicious cutting would have been in order. The length forced Igor to stand around, doing nothing. The black and white filmed scenes of the war's aftermath were effective and an original touch.
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Prince Igor Encore

By IBecker206
Written March 07, 2014
This film , being shown at the Tustn. CAl District AMC theatre had an unfortunate outcome . The fact that these disasters ocur so otfen makes it quite sad . Last night Mar 5, 2014 all of the english subtitles were printed on the screen backwards ! It seems incredeible but the Russian dialogue , I'm told was normal as was the filmography . Backward English is a hobby my children and I have engaged in at times but were not proficient enough to read that and see the film at the same time .
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