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Borodin's Russian Epic PRINCE IGOR to Return to the Met, Beg. Feb 6

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Sergey Semishkur sings regularly at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg. His roles with that company in recent seasons have included the title character in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Aeneas in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, Števa in Janá?ek's Jen?fa, Truffaldino in Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, the title character in Gounod's Faust, and Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.

Mikhail Petrenko made his Met debut in 2002 in War and Peace, singing the roles of Marshal Davout, Bolkonsky's Valet, and Tikhon. His other roles with the company have included Pistola in Verdi's Falstaff, Hunding in Wagner's Die Walküre, Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto, and Pimen in the new production premiere of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.

Earlier this season, Štefan Kocán sang Prince Gremin in the new production of Eugene Onegin and Sparafucile in Rigoletto, a role he also sang in the new production premiere last season. His other Met roles have included the King and Ramfis in Aida, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi's Don Carlo, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore.

Elena Zaitseva has collaborated frequently with Tcherniakov, designing costumes for his productions of Khovanshchina and Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites at the Bavarian State Opera and his upcoming The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh for La Scala, Dutch National Opera, and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Gleb Filshtinsky made his Met debut in 2005-06 season as lighting designer for the Met premiere of Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa. Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili has staged more than 60 ballets for companies including the Bavarian State Opera and Dutch National Ballet; he is co-Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company Dansgroep Amsterdam.

Prince Igor Related Events:

- On Wednesday, January 15 at 8 p.m., the Met and Le Poisson Rouge will present "Russian Exoticism and Prince Igor," a concert at Le Poisson Rouge featuring Ildar Abdrazakov, Anita Rachvelishvili, Štefan Kocán, and soprano Anna Netrebko. The concert will include arias from Prince Igor and selections by other Russian composers, and musicians will include pianists Natalia Katyukova and Irina Soboleva, both assistant conductors at the Met. The event is sold out; for more information, visit www.lepoissonrouge.com.

- On Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m., the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present a screening of Sergei Eisenstein's classic 1938 film Alexander Nevsky. Before the film begins, Dmitri Tcherniakov will join music historian and professor Simon Morrison of Princeton University for a discussion on the role of powerful leaders in the creation of the Russian nation, introduced by Peter Gelb. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.filmlinc.com.

- On Wednesday, January 29 at 6 p.m., MetTalks, the Met's series of panel discussions related to new productions, will feature a discussion of Prince Igor. Peter Gelb will moderate a conversation with Dmitri Tcherniakov, Gianandrea Noseda, and Ildar Abdrazakov. This program will take place in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available through the Met Guild at $20 for the general public, $15 for Met Subscribers, and $10 for Guild Members and Young Associates. MetTalks are free to all Met Patrons. To purchase tickets, call 212-769-7028 or visit www.metguild.org/lectures. Patrons may call 212-870-4502 to reserve tickets to MetTalks.

- On Monday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m., many of New York's leading mixologists will create Prince Igor-inspired libations for the Met's fifth annual cocktail competition. The event, which is open to Met Opera Students and other special guests, will be judged by leading mixologists and nightlife journalists, as well as a Met star to be announced at a later date.

Prince Igor Live in HD and on the Radio: The March 1 matinee performance of Prince Igor will be transmitted live to movie theaters around the world as part of The Met: Live in HD series. Bass-baritone Eric Owens will host the transmission, which begins at 12 p.m. ET (check local listings.) Since the Live in HD series launched in 2006, nearly 14 million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide. The Met: Live in HD is now seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 64 countries around the world.

The February 6 opening performance will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 74, as will the performances on February 10, 24, and March 1. The February 6 performance will also be streamed live on the Met's website, www.metopera.org.

The March 1 matinee performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

For more information on this season's performances of Prince Igor, visit the Met's website at www.metopera.org.

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