Borodin's Historic Russian Epic PRINCE IGOR on 'Great Performances at the Met' on PBS, 6/22
Borodin's operatic masterpiece Prince Igor, which had its first Met performances since 1917 earlier this year, will be broadcast on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, June 22 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.)
The acclaimed new production by director Dmitri Tcherniakov, in his Met debut, stars Ildar Abdrazakov as the heroic title character, a 12th-century ruler who defended Russia against invading Polovtsian forces. Gianandrea Noseda, a specialist in Russian music, conducts a new edition of the opera -- left unfinished by Borodin at the time of his death in 1887 -- which has been specially created for this Met production.
The cast also includes Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Igor's wife, Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Russian tenor Sergey Semishkur in his Met debut as Igor's son, Vladimir Igorevich; Mikhail Petrenko as Yaroslavna's brother, Prince Galitsky; and Stefan Kocán as Khan Konchak, leader of the Polovtsian forces.