234th Season

"Prince Igor" opera in two acts with a prologue and epilogue. The State Sivtsev Suorun Omolloon Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

Credits  
World premiere: Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg


CREDITS

Music by Alexander Borodin 
Libretto by the composer after motifs of The Lay of Igor's Host 
version by Professor Yevgeny Levashev, Doctor of Art History

Artistic Director and Stage Director: Andrei Borisov 
Music Director and Production Conductor in China: Pavel Smelkov 
Music Director and Production Conductor in Yakutsk: Alevtina Ioffe 
New choreography of the scene Polovtsian Dances: Régis Obadia 
Set Designer: Mikhail Yegorov 
Costume Designer: Sardaana Fedotova 
Lighting Designer: Sergei Shevchenko 
Chorus Master: Oktyabrina Ptitsyna 
Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva 
Production Conductor: Pavel Vaskovsky 
Dance and Stage Movement Director: Yekaterina Taishina 
Plastique Director: Maria Mikhailova 
Assistant Stage Director: Marina Varbut 
Assistant Choreographer: Yelizaveta Vergasova 
Sound Engineer: Vladimir Pestryakov 
Video Installation Designers: Vyacheslav Yefimov, Nikolai Yefremov 
History Consultant: Nadezhda Teterina 
Producer: Alexei Sadovsky

Synopsis

The Prologue.

Prince Igor, who is about to start on a campaign against the Khan Konchak of the Polovtsians, refuses to heed the warnings of his wife and his people who interpret a recent eclipse as a bad omen. Prince of Galich (Kniaz Galitsky) bribes Skoula and Eroshka to encourage Prince Igor in his determination to depart as he himself wants to usurp Igor’s place. Igor unsuspectingly entrusts his wife to his care.

ACT I.

Scene I is laid in the Galich Prince’s courtyard, where the people are welcoming him as their prince. A group of young women beg the prince to restore one of their friends whom he has carried off; but he frightens them away. Scene II. The young women appeal to Yaroslavna, Igor’s wife, who is lamenting Igor’s absence in Putyvl, and while they are relating the story, Galich Prince enters. Yaroslavna questions him as to the truth of their story and he only laughs. Word is brought that Igor and his son have been taken captive, and that an attack upon them is imminent.

ACT II.

The Polovtsian Camp: Vladimir, son of Igor, has fallen in love with Konchakovna, a daughter of Khan Konchak. She is sure her father will consent to the marriage, but Vladimir is doubtful if his father will. Konchak offers Igor freedom if he will promise not to wage war on him again, but he refuses.

ACT III.

Igor learns that an attack is to be made on his city. He escapes. He tries to persuade his son to accompany him, but Konchakovna clings to him, and the father leaves alone. When the Khan learns of Igor’s escape, he refuses to pursue, retains Vladimir as a hostage, and marries him to his daughter.

ACT IV.

Igor arrives safely at the city Kremlin, and is welcomed with great rejoicing.
(Note: In the new production by the Kirov Opera under Valery Gergiev, recorded in 1995, a new Mariinsky Theatre edition of the music was used, and the acts were performed in the following order: Prologue, II, I, III, IV, so as to create more alternation between Russian and Polovetsian settings.)

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