Borodin: Prince Igor / Fürst Igor

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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 DVD 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, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2014
  • Run Time: 272 minutes
  • ASIN: B00M2A9F2U

Customer Reviews


14 people found this helpful.
 on September 2, 2014
By Todd Kay
Like Prince Igor the character, PRINCE IGOR the opera had long roamed abroad. In the winter of 2014, Borodin’s textually troublesome masterpiece returned to the Met for its first performances there since Woodrow Wilson was President. I noted at the time that the opera itself and the production seemed unfocused, but what I had liked, I had loved. In the fullness of time, this IGOR lingers in the memory. It has the power to haunt. It was the first Met assignment for Regietheater provocateur Dmitri Tcherniakov. As usual, his work was filled with bold ideas, not all of which seemed fully assimilated, but it was at all times sensitive and adult, and he struck me as a much better director/producer when making PRINCE IGOR comprehensible to New York than he was when making TRAVIATA incomprehensible to Milan.

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

Wonderful production!

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 11, 2014
By Brooklyn reviewer
A production that I have seen twice live and once in HD and blue ray. I found it a wonderful production which was both imaginatively staged and beautifully sung. One of the great recent productions introduced at the Met. The lead singers and choral work, as well as the Met Orchestra, are outstanding, in my opinion. I would recommend this performance without any reservation.

Intense and sensitive conducting from Noseda

One person found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2016
By Ringcycle
I was in the house at the Met when this production was broadcast and recorded, in the front row, almost directly behind Maestro Noseda. What a conductor! He puts so much emotion into every phrase. He was totally into it, was almost dripping with perspiration at the finish. He was sensitive in the soft parts, dynamic in the loud ones, clearly indicating every entrance to the orchestra, who played wonderfully, as always. I also liked the production, and felt that it did make sense, although some of the acts were switched from earlier productions. Singing was uniformly excellent.

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.

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!!

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