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'Prince Igor' comes to Carnegie Room

Feb 24, 2014 - From staff reports

Lander MetOpera will present Alexander Borodin's "Prince Igor" in a live HDTV broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday.

The opera is famous for the Polovtsian Dances, which are known as the background music for the movie "Kismet" and more recently as a major part of the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The story is of a 13th century Russian/Ukrainian prince, Igor, who goes to battle with the Mogul/Turk invader, Khan Konchak. There is resonance of this story with conflict today in that part of Russia and Ukraine.

The opera is iconic in the history of Russia as it developed its empire. Previously, the opera has been difficult to present but the current production is a new creation and has been recognized as a musical and dramatic success because of the imaginative staging, which is "dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical," according to the New York Times review.

"Prince Igor" will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Carnegie Room of the Fremont County Library in Lander.

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