About Prince Igor
For the first time in a century, Borodin’s massive Russian epic returns to the Met. Cutting-edge director Dmitri Tcherniakov (named Best Director at the 2013 International Opera Awards) stages a new version of this enormous work, which follows the heroic prince as he founds the Russian nation itself. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov tackles the challenging title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.
Set in the 12th century, the colossal story centers on Prince Igor, a Ukrainian monarch battling the barbaric forces known as the Polovsty. After bidding farewell to his wife Princess Yaroslavna, Igor and his son Vladimir are captured by the Polovsty. While in captivity, Vladimir has fallen in love with Konchakovna, daughter of Khan Konchak, leader of the Polovtsians. Igor escapes but his son remains behind and marries Konchankovna.
One of the most important culture institutions in the world, the Metropolitan Opera is also the largest classical music organization in North America. Every season it presents over 25 different productions in rotating repertory from 18th century Baroque to 19th century Bel Canto and 20th century minimalism. Premier artists from all over the world bring the passion of live opera to its stage. The first performance was in 1883 at the Met’s original location at 1423 Broadway between 39th and 40th streets. In 1966, the Met moved to its present home at Lincoln Center.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Russian with Met Titles in English, German and Spanish
Not yet announced
The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera is now open two hours prior to curtain to all Lincoln Center ticket-holders for pre-curtain and intermission dining. Pre-scheduled intermission dining is available to ensure a quick return to the performance. The Revlon Bar offers light snacks including sandwiches, paninis, dessert, and a full-service bar. The Belmont Room is available for pre-performance dining and intermission cocktail service for Guild Members at the Donor level (or higher) and Met Patrons. Pre-curtain and intermission bars are located in Founders Hall and on the Orchestra, Parterre (Parterre Box ticket holders only), Grand Tier, and Family Circle levels. Snacks are available. A pre-curtain and intermission bar is available in the Board Room for the members of the Metropolitan Opera Patron Program. Food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium. Seating capacity is 3,800 plus 175 standing room spaces.
Did you know?
Several of Borodin’s melodies were used in the 1953 Broadway musical Kismet. The songs “Stranger in Paradise,” “He’s in Love” and “The Olive Tree" were derived from music in Prince Igor.
Ildar Abdrazakov is married to mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and has sung opposite her in such works as Lucia di Lammermoor and Carmen.
Borodin spent nearly two decades working on Prince Igor, and it was unfinished when he died in 1887. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glasunov completed it and it debuted in St. Petersburg in 1890.
Opera fans will be given an opportunity to enjoy this rarely-performed epic, not seen on the Met stage for nearly a century.
Good for kids?
At over three hours, probably a bit too much for young children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66 Street/Lincoln Center