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

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Prince Igor

By claireeric
Written March 06, 2014
I really enjoyed the opera and the emphasis on the psychological struggles of the prince. The dance scenes were glorious and so was the singing. I do wish however that the Encore presentations were somewhat edited . I understand that the sets need time for setting up and so we wait 30 ++ minutes during a live presentation, but why is this not cut out in the Encore ? The film parts about set preparations are boring , too long, especially when you end up sitting for 4.5 hours!!!!
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Prince Igor, Met HD Encore, March 5, 2014

By vandermovie56
Written March 06, 2014
PLEASE carry more of these wonderful Met broadcasts, either live HD or Encore performances. Prince Igor is so timely, not only because it shows the Russian character, but also the futility of war, including the PTSD that can occur in its leaders, such as Prince Igor, characterized by the great Russian bass baritone Ildar Abdrazokov. Met HD productions mean so much to opera buffs who can't afford or don't have time to go to the Big Apple, or want to see operas with great stars or are seldom produced in Chicago. Great job! Frances Vandervoort Chicago
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Prince Igor

By gailweller
Written March 06, 2014
What a painful experience. The opera is a mystifying patchwork with hideous scenery and often dreary music. The ballet portion looked like corpses writhing from hell. I will have nightmares about that field of red poppies!
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Prince Igor

By DasHagenPR
Written March 06, 2014
Great voices, beautiful production (though I didn't think we needed the poppy field). Love the background interviews with host Eric Owens who did a lovely job. Transmission failure during the clips of "Werther." Go if you like Russian opera.
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Not worth the time

By michaelkreutz
Written March 06, 2014
Although the singing and orchestral playing were good overall, the directorial work was incredibly misguided. In trying to make the opera into something more than it is, it came across as much less. With a cast of this stellar vocal and ability, the production was deadly dull. The pageantry was totally missing. Much of what was going on onstage had absolutely nothing to do with the words that were being sung. Many times I had to laugh at the sheer absurdity of the contradictions between the libretto and the staging (and the ridiculous projections!). I expect so much more from one of the world's great opera companies! That being said, I am always excited to see the Met's broadcasts, and greatly looking forward to seeing Werther!
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