Dutch National Opera presents

Prince Igor Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

This show was to been seen in February 2017


Duration 4:00

Breaks 2

By Alexander Borodin

Language Russian

Surtitles English & Dutch


Oper in vier Akten mit einem Prolog
Libretto by Alexander Borodin
World premiere 4 November 1890, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg


New production for Dutch National Opera
Premiere 7 February 2017
Co-production with The Metropolitan Opera, New York (2014)

The high-profile production of Prince Igor, 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.

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

‘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.

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

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


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

Stanislav Kochanovsky
Stage Director, Set Designer 
Dmitri Tcherniakov
Costume Designer 
Elena Zaitseva
Itzik Galili
Lighting Designer 
Gleb Filshtinsky
Projection Designer 
S. Katy Tucker
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master 
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.

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.