Prince Igor and the Met at Le Poisson Rouge

January 16, 2014

On the eve of the new production premiere of Borodin’s Prince Igor, which opens February 6, the Met and Le Poisson Rouge last night presented “Russian Exoticism and Prince Igor,” an evening of song at the downtown arts cabaret that was met with cheers and bravos from a sold-out crowd. Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, who sings the title role in Borodin’s epic opera, was joined by soprano Anna Netrebko, currently starring at the Met in L’Elisir d’Amore, and Igor co-stars Anita Rachvelishvili and Štefan Kocán, accompanied by pianist Natalia Katyukova. The program included songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Anton Rubinstein, as well as two works by contemporary Georgian composers Otar Taktakishvili and Tamar Salukvadze, sung by Rachvelishvili, who also presented an aria from Prince Igor. Abdrazakov gave his first public performance of Igor’s aria (see left for an audio clip), and Katyukova was joined by Irina Soboleva for a rousing two-piano rendition of the opera's famous Polovtsian Dances.

The new production of Prince Igor is directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov and runs through March 8. It will be seen live in HD on March 1.

Anna Netrebko
 Ildar Abdrazakov

 Anita Rachvelishvili
Natalia Katyukova and Štefan Kocán
From left: Irina Soboleva, Anita Rachvelishvili, Anna Netrebko, Natalia Katyukova, Ildar Abdrazakov