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Prince Igor Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

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ROMANTIC LYRICS AND POWERFUL CHORUS SCENES

Duration 4:00

Breaks 2

By Alexander Borodin

Language Russian

Surtitles English & Dutch

The high-profile production of Prince Igor (2014), a co-production with the New York Metropolitan Opera, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, is now coming to Amsterdam. The production is dreamy, heart-rendingly human and exceptionally theatrical.

In short

With Prince Igor, Dutch National Opera is continuing the line of the great Russian opera repertoire, after successful productions of Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, Pique dame, The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh and Khovanshchina. Many people attending concert halls are already familiar with the ‘Polovtsian Dances’ from Prince Igor, with which the Chorus of Dutch National Opera made a great impression at the Opera Gala in 2015.

Trailer Prince Igor
Dutch National Opera presents Prince Igor
Behind the scenes
The Chorus of Dutch National Opera has an essential role in Prince Igor.

Background

Director Dmitri Tcherniakov is renowned for his unorthodox approach. In Prince Igor, he changed the order of some of the scenes and added musical excerpts from other works. Using passages from silent black and white films, he brings the singers close to the audience. There is extra emphasis on Igor’s inner struggle. In 2012, Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh for DNO received ovations.

‘Oriental’ element
The subject of Prince Igor comes from an Ancient Russian epic about the campaign of the Russian Prince Igor of Seversky against the Polovtsians, a Tartar tribe. Set against the Russian sounds, the ‘oriental’ element lends an unusual timbre to Prince Igor. Romantic lyrics contrast with powerful chorus scenes.

  • The Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
    The breathtaking Polovtsian Dances in Borodin's Prince Igor
    Monologue of Prince Igor
    The impressive monologue of Prince Igor performed by Ildar Abdrazakov

    Stanislav Kochanovsky

    Musical director

    Stanislav Kochanovsky (musical director) was born in Russia and studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatorium in St. Petersburg. From 2010 to 2015, he was principal conductor with the State Safonov Philharmonic Orchestra, where he worked on more than fifty symphonic music programmes, five festivals and seven opera productions.

    Dmitri Tcherniakov

    Director

    The Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov studied at the Russian theatre academy. Besides directing opera and stage productions, he also designs the sets and costumes for most of his productions.

    Team, Cast and Chorus

    Musical director 
    Stanislav Kochanovsky
    Stage director and sets 
    Dmitri Tcherniakov
    Costumes 
    Elena Zaitseva
    Choreography 
    Itzik Galili
    Lighting 
    Gleb Filshtinsky
    Projections 
    S. Katy Tucker
    Orchestra 
    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chorus 
    Chorus of Dutch National Opera
    Rehearsal director 
    Ching-Lien Wu
    Yaroslavna 
    Oksana Dyka
    Konchakovna 
    Agunda Kulaeva
    Vladimir Igorevich 
    Pavel Černoch
    Prince Igor Svyatoslavich 
    Ildar Abdrazakov
    Prince Galitsky/ Khan Konchak 
    Dmitri Ulyanov
    Ovlur 
    Vasily Efimov
    Skula 
    Vladimir Ognovenko
    Yerosha 
    Andrei Popov
    Jaroslavna's nurse 
    Marieke Reuten
    Polovtsian girl 
    Adèle Charvet
    DNO-talent

    Creation

    As in New York, the demanding title role will be sung by the Russian bass Ildar Abrazakov, alongside the Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka as his wife Yaroslavna. They are both making their first appearance with Dutch National Opera.

    In New York, Ildar Abdrazakov made a huge impression as Igor, both visually and vocally, with his impassioned interpretation and his powerful, yet smooth sound. His repertoire includes Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Enrico in Anna Bolena, the title roles in Attila and Macbeth, Dosifey in Khovanshchina, Escamillo in Carmen and Moise in Moïse et Pharaon.

    Music

    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky

    The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in the world, is distinguished by the intensity of its concerts, colourful timbre and daring approach to its audience. The Rotterdam Philharmonic was founded in 1918. The principal conductor of the orchestra is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent DNO productions: Death in Venice, Faust and Benvenuto Cellini. In 2017, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will be accompanying Prince Igor.

    Signing session

    On Sunday 26 February, after the performance of Prince Igor, the soloists Oksana Dyka (Jaroslavna) en Ildar Abdrazakov (Prins Igor Svjatoslavitsj) will be at the shop to sign your purchases. This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance!

     

    Co-production with
    The Metropolitan Opera, New York

      Thu 28 Jan The Observer, 2014

      So it’s all the more remarkable that Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, an uneven, fragmentary work, should yield a performance that ranks with the highest peaks of […] the Met and for that matter would be the jewel of any opera company in any golden age.