Mikhail Petrenko

Baritone

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Borodin: Prince Igor

Borodin: Prince Igor


Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Vladimir Ognovenko (Skula), Andrey Popov (Yeroshka), Oksana Dyka (Yaroslavna), Kiri Deonarine (Polovtsian Maiden), Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Mikhail Vekua (Ovlur), Štefan Kocán (Khan Koncha), Barbara Dever (Yaroslavna’s Nurse)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gianandrea Noseda

For the first time in nearly 100 years, Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the MET.

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, and his “[…] wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical” (New York Times).

Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role and "[…] masterfully probed Igor's guilt and regret" (Wall Street Journal).

The Blu-ray includes a “Backstage at the MET” with host Eric Owens:

Introductions to Act 1, 2 and 3

Interview: Ildar Abdrazakov

Panel: Gelb, Tcherniakov; Noseda (+Lidiya)

Interview: Dyka; Petrenko (+Lidiya)

Interview: Rachvelishvili

Interview: Donald Palumbo

Picture format: 1080i / 60i / 16:9 / colour

Audio Format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

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Disc: 1 BD-50

Menu Language: English

Subtitles (Opera): English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Total time: c. 202' (c. 192' opera + 10' extras)

Classification/FSK: from 6 Years

“The result is attractive and gripping because the production knows what it wants to see (personal psychodrama than Kismet-style pseudo-orientalism)...Both Ildar Abdrazakov...and Oksana Dyka inhabit these roles with vocal agility and, in their acting, a refreshing lack of the old-fashioned hamminess that used to pass for charisma in 19th-century Russian opera...Strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Abdrazakov is mightily impressive in the title role, and there are powerhouse performances from Stefan Kocán as Konchak and Mikhail Petrenko as Galitsky. Noseda, as always in Russian music, is formidable.” The Guardian, 12th December 2014 ****

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold


René Pape (Wotan), Nikolai Putilin (Alberich), Stephan Rügamer (Loge), Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka), Viktoria Yastrebova (Freia), Zlata Bulycheva (Erda), Andrei Popov (Mime), Evgeny Nikitin (Fafner), Mikhail Petrenko (Fafner), Sergei Semishkur (Froh), Alexei Markov (Donner), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Woglinde), Irina Vasilieva (Wellgunde), Ekaterina Sergeeva (Flosshilde)

Mariinsky Orchestra, Valéry Gergiev

In September 2013 the Mariinsky label releases the highly anticipated second instalment of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Valery Gergiev. Recorded in the sumptuous acoustic of the Mariinsky Concert Hall, Das Rheingold is led by René Pape in the role of Wotan. Pape is ably supported by an international Wagnerian cast, and ‘Gergiev’s absolute mastery of this orchestra,’ (Wagner News) is in evidence once again in a tremendously dramatic performance. Siegfried and Götterdämmerung will complete the cycle in 2014.

Der Ring des Nibelungen was the pinnacle of Richard Wagner’s long and turbulent career and without question one of the greatest achievements in opera. Wagner wanted to create the perfect synthesis of music and drama and assumed total creative control of the project which was to take him 26 years to complete, with frequent interruptions. He introduced numerous innovations, not least the sheer scale of the project – typically a complete performance will last in excess of 15 hours, spread over four evening. No other opera matches the scale or ambition of the Ring.

The Mariinsky Theatre has close connections with Wagner and his music. The composer conducted at the theatre and was even offered the post of Music Director. It is also believed to be the first place where any of the music from the Ring was performed. Since Valery Gergiev became Music Director of the Mariinsky, Wagner’s music has once again become a core part of the theatre’s repertoire, both in St Petersburg and on tour.

“Gergiev tackles Wagner with the same excitement he brings to all his music-making. With that intensity comes a waywardness, usually concerning tempi...The orchestra is superb. All told this is a characterful and compelling account.” The Observer, 1st September 2013

“[Gergiev] draws plenty of vivid drama and glowing colour from the Mariinsky players, particularly the uniquely silken but powerful brass...Mikhail Petrenko and Evgeny Nikitin [make a] rich-voiced pair of giants, a splendid characterisation...the women...are really impressive. Stephan Rugamer shows how much a truly lyrical Loge can make of his music.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ****

“[Pape's] superbly well-sung performance is far from monotonously dignified...there are no weak links in this cast: Fricka, Loge, Fasolt and Fafner are all as good as any of the recently recorded rivals you might care to name...the uniquely euphoric spirit of The Ring's prelude emerges with irresistable conviction as the compelling drama unfolds.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“[Pape] is a singer in the Wagnerian lyric bass mode rather than the more conventional heroic bass-baritone. Even so, he has no difficulty with the high notes. His pointing of the text often pays dividends..in the casting of the two giants the Mariinsky does not disappoint...Markov is a magnificent Donner, sending out his challenge to the thunder in ringing tones.” MusicWeb International, 18th November 2013

“Gergiev conducts a swift reading in this performance – this Rhine is in full flood...Pape’s Wotan is pretty magisterial...Gubanova is a solid Fricka, sounding younger and less hectoring than many...The Rhinemaidens are forthright, almost cheerful; Ekaterina Sergeeva’s even mezzo is particularly attractive as Flosshilde.” Opera Now ***

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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & The Bells


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Bells, Op. 35

Luba Orgonášová (soprano), Dmitro Popov (tenor) & Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

with Rundfunkchor Berlin


EMI Classics releases an exciting new recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and The Bells. These two Rachmaninov masterpieces, performed by one of the world’s most renowned orchestras under their celebrated principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle. This is a rare chance to hear Sir Simon’s interpretations of these great works. Towards the end of his life, the composer himself said of The Bells “I worked on this composition with feverish ardour; and it remains of all my works the one I love the most”. Of the Symphonic Dances, written shortly before his death, he said “I don’t know how it happened, it must have been my last spark”.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“this Bells may be unsurpassable...The three soloists are superb, even if Dmytro Popov is a more heroic tenor than usual and Luba Orgonasova plays firm matriarch at the wedding rather than young bride. Mikhail Petrenko's bass is another quality voice, prefaced and mirrored by the most human cor anglais solo I've ever heard....a remarkable achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

“Lucid detail, refined shaping, polished instrumental solos and a shrewd way with texture and rhythmic ebb and flow contribute to an interpretation as astutely conceived as it is vital in execution.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2013

“Rattle’s account of The Bells is very impressive: he has three excellent soloists and the choral and orchestral contributions are first class...I’m equally taken with his reading of the Symphonic Dances...the Berlin playing is simply fabulous...These are two of Rachmaninov’s greatest works and Simon Rattle has done them proud with this exciting disc.” MusicWeb International, 22nd September 2013

“I always think Rattle is at his interpretative best when he's conducting music that is full of interesting orchestral colours, and this is certainly the case here...What I like about Rattle's interpretation is the amount of space he allows...this is easily one of my favourite recordings of the year so far.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 26th August 2013

“[The Bells] was an astonishing first for the orchestra, which is perhaps why it sounds so fresh-minted here...The Symphonic Dances get sonic luxury from the Berliners. It’s hard to imagine the slow movement’s famous alto-sax solo more hauntingly played.” Sunday Times, 1st September 2013

“the choral singing [in The Bells] combines agility and heft – the third movement terrifies. Good soloists too – notably bass Mikhail Petrenko. Rattle’s characteristic ear for detail rarely derails the forward momentum...Rattle’s new Symphonic Dances take a while to work their magic...But you’re slowly won over” The Arts Desk, 24th August 2013

“[The Bells'] vivid palette of orchestral colours suits him and the Berlin Philharmonic, while careful engineering eases the problems of balance...Rattle doesn't always give the music its head in a way that a Russian conductor might, but the performance is carefully calibrated and full of brilliantly focussed detail.” The Guardian, 15th August 2013 ****

“Rattle keeps luxuriating, basking in the long-legged melodies, idling lovingly over phrases, wrapped in a full and warm recording. The more brittle elements in rhythm, gesture and orchestration have a hard time getting heard. This isn’t a problem with the later recording of the companion work, the choral symphony The Bells” The Times, 24th August 2013 ***

Presto Disc of the Week

26th August 2013

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GGramophone Awards 2014

Shortlisted - Choral

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, June & July, 2011


Olga Savova (Madame Larina), Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatjana), Elena Maximova (Olga), Nina Romanova (Filipjevna), Bo Skovhus (Jevgeni Onjegin), Andrej Dunaev (Vladimir Ljenski), Mikhail Petrenko (Vorst Gremin), Peter Arink (Petrovitsj), Roger Smeets (Zaretski), Guy de Mey (Monsieur Triquet) & Richard Prada (Zapevalo)

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor) & Stefan Herheim (stage director)

Described by Tchaikovsky as ‘lyric scenes’, Eugene Onegin receives a spectacular reinterpretation from the Norwegian director Stefan Herheim. His productions create controversy and excitement around Europe, and here he takes Pushkin’s story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love, and places the protagonists – world-weary Onegin and naïve, passionate Tatyana – in a triple temporal perspective, referencing the theatrical present, the period of the work’s composition, and the pageant of Russia’s history. Mariss Jansons, renowned for his mastery of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, conducts this performance from Amsterdam’s Muziektheater.

‘Put too much steam into Tchaikovsky’s score and it wilts. Be too shy and retiring, on the other hand, and the tragic momentum evaporates. Jansons sets us on a simmer and gradually turns the heat to boiling. It is magisterially paced, stunningly played and, seemingly effortlessly, Jansons captures every aching nuance. […] Herheim’s innovations are often throbbingly acute (and sometimes wickedly funny).’ The Times

Extra features:

Cast gallery

30-Minute Documentary Film

Running time 151mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/IT/ES

“Forget any sense of intimacy in Tchaikovsky's lyrical scenes in this Eugene Onegin; director Stefan Herheim's approach is one of kaleidoscopic excess...No doubt about it, though, this is musically world-class. Mariss Janson's conducting, very imposing in the big moments...accords with the broad brushstrokes of Herheim's production. But the singers are vocally near ideal. Krassimira Stoyanova's Tatyana is thrillingly secure as well as vulnerable” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

“Characters not only invade each other's memories but appear in fantasy form...Still, this isn't a Regie-Theater free for all...Herheim directs so many keen moments of character interactions that there's no danger of the opera lapsing into simplistic cliches...what a treat to hear an appealing, soft-grained version of [Skovhus's] voice in the title-role...what linguistic authority and depth of soul [Stoyanova] brings to the character!” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“Herheim sees the opera as a representation of memories...I suspect that this would be impossible to follow if you didn't know the opera beforehand...it's hard not to get caught up in the sheer chutzpah of the production...[Stoyanova] sails through the Letter Scene with plenty of fire...Star of the evening is the conductor Mariss Jansons. It's clear from the documentary that he loves the work..and he plays it with a rhythmic vitality” International Record Review, May 2012

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Beethoven: Human Misery, Human Love

Beethoven: Human Misery, Human Love


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Erin Wall (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo), Simon O’Neill (tenor), Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

with monologues 'Where have you gone my revolutionary friend?' and 'Où es-tu, mon ami révolutionnaire? (written and narrated by Yann Martel)


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Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)

Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)


Wagner:

Die Walküre

Grand Théâtre, Aix-en-Provence 2006


Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Willard White (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Eva Johansson (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi (Fricka), Joanna Porackova (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Julianne Young (Waltraute), Andrea Baker (Schwertleite), Erika Sunnegårdh (Helmwige), Heike Grötzinger (Siegrune), Eva Vogel (Grimgerde) & Annette Bod (Rossweisse)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor) & Stéphane Braunschweig (director)

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Sir Simon Rattle has distinguished himself through his long-term relationships with a number of orchestras, wide-ranging repertoire and innovative educational and audiencebuilding activities. He is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Principal Artist with the OAE. Sir Simon first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in 1987 and appeared regularly with the orchestra in subsequent years.The summer of 2006 saw the first instalment of their Wagner Ring Cycle at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Sir Simon's most recent appearance at the Proms in Wagner brought forth ecstatic reviews, which bodes well for possible future installments of the Aix /Salzburg Ring on Bel Air Classiques.

"In what is both Mr. Rattle's and Aix's first Ring Cycle, "Die Walküre," the Ring's second chapter, was magically transformed by the enclosed space and lively acoustics of the Grand Théâtre de Provence. But where the new theater makes another significant difference is in Mr. Braunschweig's staging of the opera. Far more than in last year's "Rheingold," even the gods, notably Wotan and his twin children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, can now be felt to experience deeply human emotions. The final curtain brought a standing ovation for both orchestra and singers, with Ms.Westbroek singled out for her "extraordinary power and lyricism," as Jean-Louis Validire, Le Figaro's music critic, put it… The Ring Cycle continues here with "Siegfried" in 2008 and "Götterdammerüng" in 2009 and, as with "Das Rheingold" and "Die Walküre," they will be presented afresh at the Salzburg Easter Festival the following year." The New York Times, July 5, 2007

“Sir Willard White's patriarchal Wotan seems subtler on screen, more smouldering than stiff, and sings richly… Eva Johansson's… makes a fiery, youthful Brünnhilde, more at one with her fellow Valkyries - a fine bunch - than usual. Rattle's conducting… is easy enough to enjoy - fluent, often sweeping - and, of course, beautifully played by the Berliners...” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“Wind and brass detail, the accuracy and blending of the chording and that rhythmic precision which is a Rattle speciality lift the final colloquy between Wotan and Brünnhilde to Olympian heights.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

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Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila

Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila


Albina Shagimuratova (Lyudmila), Mikhail Petrenko (Ruslan), Yuri Minenko (Ratmir), Almas Svilpa (Farlaf), Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Gorislava), Charles Workman (Finn / Bayan), Elena Zaremba (Naina), Vladimir Ognovenko (Svetosar) & Alexandre Polkovnikov (The Head)

Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra & Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski

Stage direction & scenography: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costume design Elena Zaytseva

Lighting design: Gleb Filshtinsky

Chorus master: Valery Borisov

Ruslan and Lyudmila, the fable of Mikhail Glinka (from a poem by Pushkin), and a symbolic Russian opera in itself, was an apposite choice to open the 2011-2012 season of the majestic Moscow opera, after its long renovation.

Director Dmitri Tcherniakov transposes Glinka’s opera into the 21st century, exposing the protagonists to contemporary forms of temptations: a ‘harem for Ruslan, and a Thai massage for Lyudmila…

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and magnificent soloists Albina Shagimuratova, Mikhail Petrenko, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Charles Workman and Elena Zaremba, in this production acclaimed for its musical quality and its staging.

HD recording: Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, November 2011

Produced by François Duplat

Directed for TV & video by Andy Sommer

Bonus: Interview with Dmitri Tcherniakov

“Viewers who already know the work will get the most out of this version, yet it never completely loses sight of the opera’s essential spirit.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ****

“Petrenko’s soft bass makes for a warmly sympathetic Ruslan…Shagimuratova copes well with the coloratura of Lyudmila’s teasing wedding feast aria…Charles Workman is a light-voiced, sympathetic Finn and Alex Penda’s dark dramatic soprano suites Gorislava…Jurowski conducts an urgent account of Glinka’s colourful score” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Gala Mariinsky II

Gala Mariinsky II

Live recording from Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, May 2, 2013


includes

Bizet:

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)


Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Ildar Abdrazakov, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Sergei Semishkur (Opera), Olga Esina, Kim Kimin, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexander Sergeyev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Oxana Skorik, Diana Vishneva (Principal Dancers and Soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano)

Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg’s Theatre Square has been crowned with the “Mariinsky II” an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who’s who of the classical music world. Featuring gems from opera, orchestral music and ballet, and with modern dance interludes, the programme encompassed the history of the legendary venue from its beginnings to the present day. This broad historical span was symbolically represented by a bridge connecting the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II. Arthaus Musik is now offering you a unique opportunity to own an enduring reminder of this unique performance, in which stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Shklyarov and René Pape supported by the Mariinsky Theatre chorus, orchestra and ballet celebrate the spirit of this illustrious establishment.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Running Time: 120 mins

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“The ballet excerpts highlight stunning technical control over bravura…the basses generally win the day, Mikhail Petrenko offering a sonorous ‘Ey Ukhnem!’ and Evgeny Nikitin an imposing Boris Godunov…[and] Olga Borodina walks away with the vocal honours for her voluptuous Dalila.” Classical Music

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Gala Mariinsky II

Gala Mariinsky II

Live recording from Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, May 2, 2013


includes

Bizet:

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)


With Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Alexei Markov, Anna Netrebko, Yevgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Semishkur (Opera), Olga Esina, Kim Kimin, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexander Sergeyev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Oxana Skorik, Diana Vishneva (Principal Dancers and Soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano)

Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg’s Theatre Square has been crowned with the “Mariinsky II” an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who’s who of the classical music world. Featuring gems from opera, orchestral music and ballet, and with modern dance interludes, the programme encompassed the history of the legendary venue from its beginnings to the present day. This broad historical span was symbolically represented by a bridge connecting the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II. Arthaus Musik is now offering you a unique opportunity to own an enduring reminder of this unique performance, in which stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Shklyarov and René Pape supported by the Mariinsky Theatre chorus, orchestra and ballet celebrate the spirit of this illustrious establishment.

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Running Time: 120 mins

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Borodin: Prince Igor

Borodin: Prince Igor


Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Vladimir Ognovenko (Skula), Andrey Popov (Yeroshka), Oksana Dyka (Yaroslavna), Kiri Deonarine (Polovtsian Maiden), Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Mikhail Vekua (Ovlur), Štefan Kocán (Khan Koncha), Barbara Dever (Yaroslavna’s Nurse)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gianandrea Noseda

For the first time in nearly 100 years, Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the MET.

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, and his “[…] wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical” (New York Times).

Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role and "[…] masterfully probed Igor's guilt and regret" (Wall Street Journal).

The DVD includes a “Backstage at the MET” with host Eric Owens:

Introductions to Act 1, 2 and 3

Interview: Ildar Abdrazakov

Panel: Gelb, Tcherniakov; Noseda (+Lidiya)

Interview: Dyka; Petrenko (+Lidiya)

Interview: Rachvelishvili

Interview: Donald Palumbo

Picture format: 16:9 / colour / NTSC

Audio format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1

Region Code: All regions ("0")

Disc: 2 DVD-9

Menu Language: English

Subtitles (Opera): English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Total time: c. 202' (c. 192' opera + 10' extras)

Classification/FSK: from 6 Years

“ung, played and conducted with impressive concentration, energy and commitment, this will have made a huge impression in the theatre” Classical Music, May 2015 ****

“The result is attractive and gripping because the production knows what it wants to see (personal psychodrama than Kismet-style pseudo-orientalism)...Both Ildar Abdrazakov...and Oksana Dyka inhabit these roles with vocal agility and, in their acting, a refreshing lack of the old-fashioned hamminess that used to pass for charisma in 19th-century Russian opera...Strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Petrenko’s vivid Galitsky (with 100 per cent operatic roistering retinue), Anita Rachvelishvili’s spine-crushing Konchakovna and Oksana Dyka’s magnetic but vocally odd Yaroslavna are good. Orchestra and chorus are magnificent, and Gianandrea Noseda generates power and momentum.” Opera Now

“Abdrazakov is mightily impressive in the title role, and there are powerhouse performances from Stefan Kocán as Konchak and Mikhail Petrenko as Galitsky. Noseda, as always in Russian music, is formidable.” The Guardian, 11th December 2014 ****

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