Saturday, 1 February 2014

Prince Igor (opera)

It is apparently nearly 100 years since the Met Opera has performed Borodin's epic Russian opera Prince Igor. And it is epic indeed with a running time of four-and-a-half-hours! Assuming the Company waits as long again before putting on another production, we are lucky that this potentially once in a lifetime experience is to be broadcast to Eastbourne Cineworld at the beginning of March.

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.

Prince Igor and his son Vladimir set out across 12th century Russia on a military campaign against the Polovtsy people who have invaded their lands. The Prince and his son are captured but fortunately the Polovtsy Khan's daughter and Vladimir are in love. The young couple manage to meet secretly while Igor bemoans his fate. Khan Konchak tries to entertain his captives with music and oriental dances.

Cineworld, Sat 1st Mar, 16:55.
Tickets £17.90, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.

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