Epic ‘Prince Igor’ in HD from the Met

Feb 18, 2014
Photo by: Micaela Rossato Ildar Abdrazakov stars as Prince Igor at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera.

Rockland — The 2013-2014 Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., continues Saturday, March 1, at noon with Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” An encore broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, at noon.

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 offers 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 Italian maestro Gianandrea Noseda conducting. Joining Abdrazakov is a marvelous, largely Slavic/Russophone cast that includes the Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Igor's devoted wife, Yaroslavna; Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Konchakovna, the daughter of the Khan; the Slovakian bass Stefan Kocan as the Khan; and Russian tenor Sergey Semishkur, in his Met debut, as Vladimir.

The opera, sung in Russian with Met titles in English, runs about four and a half hours. Tickets, available in advance, are $27, $15 students for students. Encore tickets available day-of-show for $23/$5. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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