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Prince Igor

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Dates/times in Amsterdam time zone
Dutch National Opera
Stanislav KochanovskyConductor
Dmitri TcherniakovDirector, Set Designer
Elena ZaitsevaCostume Designer
Ildar AbdrazakovBassIgor Svyatoslavich, Prince of Novgorod-Seversky
Oksana DykaSopranoYaroslavna
Pavel ČernochTenorVladimir Igorevich
Dmitry UlyanovBassGalitsky (Vladimir Yaroslavich), Konchak
Agunda KulaevaMezzo-sopranoKonchakovna
Vasily EfimovTenorOvlur
Andrei PopovTenorYeroshka
Vladimir OgnovenkoBassSkula
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Romantic lyrics and powerful chorus scenes

The high-profile production of Prince Igor (2014), a co-production with the New York Metropolitan Opera, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, is now coming to Amsterdam. The production is dreamy, heart-rendingly human and exceptionally theatrical.

Director Dmitri Tcherniakov is renowned for his unorthodox approach. In Prince Igor, he changed the order of some of the scenes and added musical excerpts from other works. Using passages from silent black and white films, he brings the singers close to the audience. There is extra emphasis on Igor’s inner struggle. In 2012, Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of The legend of the invisible city of Kitezh for DNO received ovations.

‘Oriental’ element

The subject of Prince Igor comes from an Ancient Russian epic about the campaign of the Russian Prince Igor of Seversky against the Polovtsians, a Tartar tribe. Set against the Russian sounds, the ‘oriental’ element lends an unusual timbre to Prince Igor. Romantic lyrics contrast with powerful chorus scenes.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky (DNO debut).

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