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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD - Prince Igor

Link for schedule & tickets:  http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx

Borodin's Prince Igor

March 1, 2014, 12 pm ET. Encore: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

Approximate running time: 4:30. Host: Eric Owens

Met Live in HD FAQ:  http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/faqs.aspx

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  • Christina E.

    Kim, I'll be at Tosca on Sunday and would be happy to get together with you.

    March 5, 2014

  • George Z.

    Not bad at all vocally, it was a terrible production overall. Music reshuffled, choreography weird - the famous Polovtsian Dances ruined. The sequence of the scenes makes no sense - neither historically, nor logically. A perfect example is the last act, in which Konchakovna is passionately rebuking Vladimir for his desire to escape to Russia leaving her behind - and they are - somehow - in Putivl already! Nonetheless, she is in the same night gown she was wearing when at her father's place she escaped from the tent in the middle of the night to meet Vladimir in the field! Ridiculous outfits resembling uniforms of the Russian Imperial Army of the time of WWI while the whole event happens in the XII century. I feel sorry for the good singers, particularly Ildar Abdrazakov. The artistic director has neither taste or logic nor - apparently - knowledge of history, but has a lot of artistic arrogance instead.

    March 2, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Hi George, must admit the first act put me off a little. I wasn't expecting the "cinematic overlay" in the production. But I came to find it an interesting artistic tool. I feel badly that I did not organize the group very well. I discovered that the HD performance was being shown in more than one theater. That complicates a central meeting location. OYY. Anyone going to Tosca at Coolidge Corner this Sunday?

      March 4, 2014

  • Christina E.

    Unfortunately, the problems on the Meetup website made it very difficult to coordinate the meetup. We managed it!

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are folks still interested in getting together tonight?

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're in 7

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Kim B.

    You're not in the theater? Seats are going fast

    March 1, 2014

    • Becky

      Me? Im in 13. Dont know if we're all in same theatre. Which cinema are you in?

      March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're on the way. Got 2?

    March 1, 2014

  • Kim B.

    You're not in the theater? Seats are going fast

    March 1, 2014

  • Kim B.

    I'm in the back row. Plenty of seats around me

    March 1, 2014

    • Becky

      Im in cinema 13. Don't see you. Im in front row

      March 1, 2014

  • Becky

    Im at seating area next to ticket desk

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry....I won't be able to make this...changing my brakes is taking longer than expected. Have fun everyone!

    March 1, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Hi Christina,
    I've volunteered to be the leader for this event. I plan to arrive at the theater (DEDHAM) @ 11:15. As you can see in the conversation threads, I've asked if anyone had a seating preference. You can see the responses. I prefer the rear, it's not a must for me to enjoy the production. I may have to leave after the opera, but that is still TBD. If I don't have to leave immdiately after the opera, I'm free. Coffee? or dinner??

    February 27, 2014

    • Becky

      I'd love to get together afterwards. Lots of choices at Legacy

      February 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to get together afterwards too if my plus one is up for it. I would be interested in coffee or dinner. Cheers!

      February 28, 2014

  • Christina E.

    I'd love to meet up with everyone before or after. Is there a plan?

    February 27, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Sasha, I will be at the Dedham theater for this opera and I'm happy to be the "leader". As of this AM (2/19) Prince Igor is sold out in Brookline but tickets are still available for Dedham.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • George Z.

      Ha-ha-ha, there are too many Russians living in Brookline. That theater sells out in September for practically all performances, except encores.

      February 26, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Hi all,
    Really looking forward to this opera. Anyone have seat location preference? I prefer the last row, back against the wall. This way there is no one behind me making noise! anyone else? I'll be at the Dedham theater Sat. ~ 11:15-11:30.

    February 25, 2014

    • Becky

      Hmmm good question. I like the front row of the main section with the bar for your feet - and no one in front of you! I'll be there by 1130am also.

      February 25, 2014

    • George Z.

      I am quite nearsighted and sit in the last row only if there are no other seats. Often I come at the very last moment and end up sitting in the first row but prefer rows from, say, 8 to 12. Since I will be with a friend, I guess this is where we'll sit - if we manage to get seats in the area. Expect lots of Russian retirees coming, so the place might be crowded! I'll be more than happy to answer questions anyone might have about the historical events and other stuff.

      February 26, 2014

  • George Z.

    (Cont., start reading my post, which is the third one down from this one). Both Igor and Vladimir are wearing contemporary Russian military pseudo-uniforms. Choreography of the famous Polovtsian Dances is weird and beyond my comprehension. The scenic image of Konchakovna is also not what one would expect from a Turkic woman; the singer is Georgian herself, beautiful and sultry, but this is a totally different kind of beauty.

    Singing is not bad at all, though (judged by the samples posted on the Met's site). Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor) is a pretty good bass-baritone, a leading soloist of the Mariinsky (former Kirov) Theater in St. Petersburg. Ethnically, he is a Bashkir, not Russian, and so, ironically, is more related to the Polovtsy than to the Vikings... His wife, Olga Borodina, is a leading mezzo at the same theater; I have recollections that some time ago she was introduced as a contralto. She does not sing in this production, though.

    February 25, 2014

  • George Z.

    (Cont.; read the following one first).
    Yaroslavna and Konchakovna are not given names; rather, they are patronymics. The reason is that the first names of the women were not mentioned anywhere in the old chronicles. Some speculations suggest that Yaroslavna's first name might have been Eufrosinia, a Greek one. Greek names came to Rus (the medieval predecessor of contemporary Russia) with Christianity. Polovtsy (the plural of Polovets) are known in the West as Cumans or Kipchaks, a nomadic people of Turkic roots occupying steppes to the North of the Black and Caspian Seas and to the South-East of the European area around contemporary Moscow, read Wikipedia about them. I mention this to hint at what you might expect to see on the stage.

    Here comes a spoiler: based on the trailers of the current live performances at the Met, you won't see anything like that. The current production is (stupidly, IMHO) modernized. (To be continued)

    February 25, 2014

  • George Z.

    Folks, to better understand the intrigue of the opera, I strongly recommend reading two articles from Wikipedia: "Igor Svyatoslavich" and "The Tale of Igor's Campaign", which discuss the historical events. Of course, reading the article "Prince Igor" discussing the opera itself won't hurt. It contains a link to the Borodin's biography.

    A few minor comments. Igor was a descendant of the Scandinavian vikings. The name Igor is of Scandinavian origin. Other common names o Scandinavian origins are Oleg (masculine) and Olga (feminine), derivatives of Helg and Helga. (These names are not encountered in the chronicles devoted to the Igor's campaign). Konchak is obviously a Polovets name. All other names in the story, i.e., Vladimir, Yaroslav, etc., are Slavic. Vladimir can be translated as "he who possesses the world", while Yaroslav as "a man of fervent glory". (To be continued).

    February 25, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Well, as of a few days ago, this opera sold out in Brookline already. Tickets were available for Dedham a few days ago. If you want to go buy your ticket NOW if available.

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Becky

    Yes you buy the tickets online and they usually sell out. I think Kim is "leading" so she can advise about meeting up.

    February 25, 2014

  • Robin

    SInce I'm new at this, do we have to buy tickets in advance? Go to the theater and get them? on line?And where wil the group be meeting ?

    February 25, 2014

  • Jeffrey S.

    Will it sell out? I am thinking about going...

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there with a friend: we purchased our tickets in December. I would love to meet up with everyone prior to or after the event!

    February 24, 2014

  • Becky

    Got my ticket for Prince Igor in Dedham as well :)

    February 23, 2014

  • Kim Beaudet changed the location to Dedham Legacy Place

    February 19, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Hi Nancy, yes I'll be there

    February 17, 2014

  • nancy

    prince igor march 1 Dedham?

    February 17, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Hi all,

    Got my ticket for March 1 in Dedham. See you there!

    February 12, 2014

    • Sasha

      I will not be there, so I hope group members can find each other. Kim, let me know if you want to be the contact person for this meetup.

      February 12, 2014

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