Borodin Opera

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s acclaimed new production of Borodin’s Russian epic—the opera’s first Met staging in nearly a century—stars Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role of the tormented prince who leads his army against the Polovtsians. The stellar all-Russian-language cast also includes Oksana Dyka as his wife, Yaroslavna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Konchakova, Sergey Semishkur as Igor’s son, Vladimir, Mikhail Petrenko as Prince Galitzky, and Štefan Kocán as Khan Konchak. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Met’s vast musical forces in this colorful score, which includes the celebrated Polovtsian Dances.

Borodin was a late Romantic Russian nationalist composer involved with the so-called 'Mighty Handful' and who spent many years laboring on his compositions. This orchestration constitutes a voiceless version of No.17 from the opera. It does not include No.8, the 'Dance of the Polovetsian Maidens' (F major, 6/8). This score was also issued by M.P. Belaieff, Universal Edition (Philharmonia), and Boosey & Hawkes. Kalmus' 1933 copyright claim is bogus.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Mar 1, 2014

Composer

Alexander Borodin

Librettist

Alexander Borodin, after a scenario by Vladimir Stasov

Borodin Opera

Run Time

3 HRS 22 MIN

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet

Cast & Creative

Gianandrea Noseda
Oksana Dyka
Anita Rachvelishvili
Opera
Sergey Semishkur
Ildar Abdrazakov
Mikhail Petrenko
Stefan Kocán
  • Mar 1, 2014
    Alexander Borodin
    Alexander Borodin, after a scenario by Vladimir Stasov
    3 HRS 22 MIN
  • Gianandrea Noseda
    Oksana Dyka
    Anita Rachvelishvili
    Sergey Semishkur
    Ildar Abdrazakov
    Mikhail Petrenko
    Stefan Kocán
Born: St. Petersburg (Russia), 31 Oct. 1833 (OS; 12 Nov.)
Died: St. Petersburg, 17 Feb. 1887 (OS; 27 Feb.)

Little of Borodin's music was heard in his lifetime.When he died quite suddenly at the ageof 53, he left behind most of an opera that he had been working on forsome 17 years. Thanks to its completion by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov,Knyaz Igor is now hailedas a masterpiece of Russian opera. Borodin was a chemist by profession.In association with Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Cui, and Rimsky-Korsakov,he was considered part of the Kuchka (Stassov's expression,variously translated as the Mighty Five, Handful, Heap, and Bunch),and almost totally unknown as a musician outside of this circle. His firstopera was a complete disaster, being performed only once. His second operawas never completed (Rimsky-Korsakov later used the idea) and his thirdinvolved only a contribution of one act to a joint work with Mussorgsky,Cui, and Rimsky-Korsakov. In Knyaz Igor he aimed at anoperatic epic similar to Glinka's Ruslan i Lyudmila, but he diedbefore it was completed.

Borodin Opera Prince

Operas

The dates and locations are those of the premieres; all dates are Old Style.

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Crossword
  • Bogatyry [The Heroic Warriors] (6.11.1867, Bol'shoy Theatre, Moscow*). Opera farce in 5 acts, Viktor Alexandrovich Krylov.
  • Tsarskaya nevesta [The Tsar's Bride] Libretto by AB after the drama by Lev A. Mey. [sketches only, lost]
  • Mlada[Act 4 by Borodin -- see Rimsky-Korsakov]. Viktor Alexandrovich Krylov.
  • Knyaz' Igor' [Prince Igor] (23.10.1890, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg). Opera in a prologue and 4 acts, AB, from a scenario by Vladimir Vasil'yevich Stasov, based on Slovo o polku Igoreve (The Lay of the Host of Igor). [completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov]

Borodin Opera Prince Igor

*Bakers Biographical Dictionary (8th ed.) suggests an earlier``anonymous' production in Moscow on 17.10.1867.

Borodin

contributed by Robert Martindale

Alexander Borodin Opera

Monday, 08-Dec-2003 21:47:07 PST