Opera in four acts and a prologue (1890)
New Production! Borodin’s only opera, this headily melodic Russian epic, best known for its Polovtsian Dances, questions the responsibilities of a leader with regard to his people.
Having ceded power to his despotic brother-in-law (Dmitry Ulyanov) in order to go to war, Igor (charismatic baritone Evgeny Nikitin) and his son (Pavel Černoch) are taken prisoner. From his refusal to negotiate with the enemy to his return home, the prince’s deeds invite us to reconsider our own moral values.
By divesting the work of folklore of the most elementary kind, acclaimed Australian director Barrie Kosky’s new production highlights a universal need for ethics. Paris Opera Music Director Philippe Jordan conducts.