Borodin Opera Masterpiece Prince Igor Telecast June 22; Upcoming Are La Boheme and Werther
By: Ellis Nassour
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 on THIRTEEN 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. Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka, in her Met debut, portrays Igor’s wife. Russia’s Gianandrea Noseda conducts this new edition of the opera, which was unfinished at the time of Borodin’s 1887 death.
Mark your calendar: coming Friday, June 27 on Great Performances at the Met is Franco Zeffirelli’s lavish production of Puccini’s La Boheme on THIRTEEN at 9 P.M. Kristine Opolais, who stepped in literally at the very last minute to replace an ailing colleague, received thunderous applause and critical accolades in the role of Mimi. Massimo Cavalletti is Marcello, with Susanna Phillips as the flirtatious Musetta. Stefano Ranzani conducts.
Sunday, July 20, on THIRTEEN at 12:30 is the telecast of the Met’s production of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther, with acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role; and, making her Met debut, French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch. Alain Altinoglu conducts.