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.Full Synopsis
Mar 1, 2014
Alexander Borodin, after a scenario by Vladimir Stasov
3 HRS 22 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Cast & Creative
- Mar 1, 2014Alexander BorodinAlexander Borodin, after a scenario by Vladimir Stasov3 HRS 22 MIN
- Gianandrea NosedaOksana DykaAnita RachvelishviliSergey SemishkurIldar AbdrazakovMikhail PetrenkoStefan Kocán
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
OperasThe dates and locations are those of the premieres; all dates are Old Style.
Borodin Opera Prince Igor Youtube
- 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.
contributed by Robert Martindale