Prince Igor Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
ROMANTIC LYRICS AND POWERFUL CHORUS SCENES
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.
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.
Dutch National Opera presents Prince Igor
The Chorus of Dutch National Opera has an essential role in Prince Igor.
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.
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 breathtaking Polovtsian Dances in Borodin's Prince Igor
The impressive monologue of Prince Igor performed by Ildar Abdrazakov
Stanislav KochanovskyMusical 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.
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
- Elena Zaitseva
- Itzik Galili
- Gleb Filshtinsky
- S. Katy Tucker
- Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
- Chorus of Dutch National Opera
- Rehearsal director
- Ching-Lien Wu
- Oksana Dyka
- Agunda Kulaeva
- Vladimir Igorevich
- Pavel Černoch
- Prince Igor Svyatoslavich
- Ildar Abdrazakov
- Prince Galitsky/ Khan Konchak
- Dmitri Ulyanov
- Vasily Efimov
- Vladimir Ognovenko
- Andrei Popov
- Jaroslavna's nurse
- Marieke Reuten
- Polovtsian girl
- Adèle Charvet
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.
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.
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!
The Metropolitan Opera, New York
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.