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Prince Igor New York Tickets

Prince Igor New York Tickets

Passion Sweeps the Stage in the Met's Prince Igor

"Prince Igor" is a magnificent spectacle of love and abandonment, abduction and rescue, war and redemption. With luxurious sets and costumes, compelling drama and familiar, sweeping melodies, "Prince Igor" is one of the grandest of all grand operas, with a haunting score and a powerful storyline that still resonates with contemporary audiences today.


The opening scene takes place in a square in Putivl, Russia. As Prince Igor prepares to lead his army against the enemy Polovtsians, the townspeople pray for victory. Suddenly, they're overwhelmed by a solar eclipse. Igor's wife, Yaroslavna, takes it as a bad omen and begs him not to go, but he comforts her and takes his troops away. Soon afterward, the Russians are defeated, and Prince Igor and his son Vladimir are prisoners. The leader of the Polovtsians, Khan Konchak, has a daughter, Konchakovna, who begins a passionate love affair with Vladimir.

In the meantime, Igor's wife, Yaroslavna, is home worrying about her husband when she is told that her rogue brother, Galitsky, has kidnapped one of her servant girls. She begs him to give the girl up, and Galitsky agrees, but then reneges on his agreement. He's also ambitious; he wants to take the throne away from Prince Igor, and when he hears of his brother-in law's defeat, he starts a revolt to take over himself.

Can Igor escape from prison? Will the Polovtsians continue to win? Is Galitsky successful in his plot to overthrow the kingdom? As the ensuing drama reaches its climax, the audience discovers the fate of Igor and his wife, as well as the fate of the Russian throne.


The challenging leading role of Prince Igor is played by renowned Russian bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, who made his Met debut in "Don Giovanni" in 2004. Since then, he has appeared there regularly in productions of Verdi's "Attila" and Donizetti's "Anna Bolena." He won a Grammy in 2011 for his performance of the Verdi "Requiem" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The conductor is Gianandrea Noseda, who is best-known for his past work as principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2001 to 2011. He is now a regular conductor with the Met.

Original Author

"Prince Igor" was written by Russian composer Alexander Borodin, who based the libretto on an ages-old Slavic epic "The Lay of Igor's Ghost." Unfortunately, Borodin never lived to finish the score, and when he died in 1887, the final scenes and editing were completed by his friends and fellow composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov.


The producer of "Prince Igor" is famed Russian theater director Dmitri Tcherniakov, who is perhaps best-known for his innovative opera and theater stagings in Moscow, Milan and other European capitals. With "Prince Igor," Tcherniakov makes his Metropolitan Opera debut.


"Prince Igor" had its world premiere in St Petersburg, Russia in 1890. The U.S. premiere took place at the Metropolitan Opera in 1915, where it was performed in Italian, not Russian. Contemporary audiences may find much of the music familiar, because the Broadway musical and movie "Kismet" featured songs (such as "Stranger in Paradise") that relied heavily on the "Polovtsian Dances" heard in the opera.

Another fascinating fact: Composer Alexander Borodin was also the founder of a school of medicine for women and taught courses there in his spare time.


"Prince Igor" continues its run throughout the season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. If you're interested in Prince Igor New York tickets, you'll want to check online to find out about specific dates, performance times and available seats.

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