CMC Breckenridge broadcasts Borodin’s opera ‘Prince Igor’
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What: Borodin’s “Price Igor,” part of the 2013-14 “Met Opera: Live in HD” broadcast season
Where: The Finkel Auditorium at the CMC Breckenridge campus, 107 Denison Placer Ave., Breckenridge
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1; the National Repertory Orchestra and the Lake Dillon Theater Company’s “Opera Prologue and Epilogue” series begins at 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and Met Members and $10 for students and children
More information: Snacks and beverages will be served during the intermissions. For ticket information and purchase, call the National Repertory Orchestra Office at (970) 453-5825. Ticket purchase may also be made online by visiting the NRO website at www.nromusic.com.
Alexander Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor,” based on the life of a 12th century Russian prince and army commander, will be the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m.
Borodin, a chemist by profession, spent weekends composing music as a hobby. He worked for 18 years on the “Prince Igor” score, which was unfinished when he died of a heart attack at age 53. The final score was later stitched together from loose pages of music by Rimsky-Korsakov and other composers. The finished opera became beloved by Russian audiences.
The Met, which provides “Prince Igor” as its tribute to Russian heritage, is giving Borodin’s only opera its first staging in nearly 100 years. Indeed, stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov is Russian, as are the lead singers, basso Ildar Abdrazakov, in the title role of Igor; soprano Oksana Dyka, making her Met debut as his wife, Yaroslavna; Mikhail Petrenko, playing the role of the snarling Galizky, brother-in-law of Igor, as conspirator to attain the throne; and tenor Sergey Semishkur in a promising Met debut as Igor’s son, Vladimir.
The opera opens with a prologue in which Prince Igor, along with Vladimir, gathers his army for a military campaign against the Polovtsians. Despite the pleading of his wife, Yaroslavna, and the appearance of a sudden solar eclipse as a token sign from heaven not to go to war, Igor is firm in his commitment and with his son marches off to battle.
As Act I opens, the battle has been lost and Igor’s army destroyed. Igor is taken prisoner and is seen lying unconscious in a field of red poppies, reminiscent of the poem “In Flanders Field,” by Lt. Col John McCrea, in which red flowers are growing over the graves of fallen soldiers. This act also features the chorus/ballet performance of the celebrated Polovtsian Dances, popularly known for the song “Stranger in Paradise” in the Broadway musical “Kismet.”
Act II is staged in Yaroslavna’s palace, where Igor’s wife is plagued with terrible nightmares and dark premonitions, as no news from Igor has arrived. She also has conflicts with her impertinent brother Galizski, who becomes involved in a drunken brawl and, in an act of revolt, is killed when the enemy advances. In Act III, Prince Igor, who had escaped, returns and addresses a jubilant crowd with words of repentance, calling on everyone to unite and rebuild their destroyed lives.
New York news reviews of this new production have been enthusiastic. The orchestra performance, under the baton of Italian conductor Ganadrea Noseda, is highly acclaimed, and the singers of the Met chorus have been referred to as “superhuman.”
This production has been proclaimed as a “thoroughly satisfying theater production in keeping with the epic folk tale.”
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