Borodin: Prince Igor [Blu-ray]

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For the first time in nearly 100 years Borodins defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the MET for the first time with a Slavic, Russophone cast.

Dmitri Tcherniakovs production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, and his […] wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical. (New York Times)

Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role and […] masterfully probed Igors guilt and regret. (Wall Street Journal)

The Blu-ray includes a Backstage at the MET with host Eric Owens:

Introductions to Act 1, 2 and 3
Interview: Ildar Abdrazakov 2:27
Panel: Gelb, Tcherniakov; Noseda (+Lidiya) 2:26
Interview: Dyka; Petrenko (+Lidiya) 1:38
Interview: Rachvelishvili 1:25
Interview: Donald Palumbo 1:00

Product Details

  • Actors: Ildar Abdrazakov, Mikhail Petrenko, Sergey Semishkur, Vladimir Ognovenko, Andrey Popov
  • Directors: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Mandarin Chinese, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2014
  • Run Time: 272 minutes
  • ASIN: B00M14I9VU

Customer Reviews

PRINCE IGOR: Revised, Updated and Reinterpreted – and A Triumph in Every Respect!

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 30, 2014
By Daniel B.
I recall reading Vladimir Nabokov’s translation of the epic poem this opera is based on when I was in college. I did not find it paticularly

A powerful production.

One person found this helpful.
 on May 17, 2015
By Alicia de las Pozas
When I saw this production on PBS I was very impressed .First I found the intermission very powerful which showed Ivan going to war and then appearing in the poppy field, at the same time combining music with black and white images of the battle with wounded soldiers .This scenes can be related to our time.

A striking production of an important document.

 on May 14, 2015
By Amazon Customer
Indeed, I did like the disc.

I loved the production when I saw it live

 on November 19, 2014
By Julie
I loved the production when I saw it live, and was not disappointed with the DVD. The soloists, chorus and orchestra are all magnificent, and the director’s portrayal of the the adverse consequences of Igor’s heroic rush to battle are breathtakingly effective. From my nosebleed seat in the house, the field of poppies looked like a diagram of a brain with its various lobes, which added to the concept for that act as taking place within Igor’s thoughts, thought this is less obvious in the DVD.

Hadn’t seen anything like that at the Met

One person found this helpful.
 on October 12, 2014
By eric
I was FLOORED by this performance,production and libretto. Hadn’t seen anything like that at the Met. Now that everything is”modern”UGH!!this was a breath of fresh air. Ildar Abdrazakov was pure genius rest of cast also spectacular. LOVE THE PRODUCTION!!POPPY FIELDS and ALL!!

I loved this Met HD broadcast of PRINCE IGOR even though …

 on October 26, 2014
By mrswalnut
I loved this Met HD broadcast of PRINCE IGOR even though it po’d the Met staff about the cost of the 20,000 poppy plants (or whatever it was). I compare this to a hugely traditional Russian production I have on dvd (might be Mariinsky) and the contrasts are informative and balancing. I’m becoming an Abdrazakov fan.

Must see Opera

One person found this helpful.
 on June 12, 2015
By R. Dean Sever
Superb presentation that can only be done by Russians who totally understand the story behind this Opera.

Five Stars

 on November 7, 2016
By JOHN KNIGHT
Excellent. As expected.

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