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Prince Igor

by Alexander Borodin

London Coliseum
Box Office: 020 7845 9300
St Martinís Lane WC2N 4ES
Tubes Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Embankment
Buses 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176

The Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow will perform Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 April 2014 at the London Coliseum. This is the first ever Russian company to perform this classic opera at the Coliseum. Jan Latham-Koenig, the chief conductor and head of the Novaya Opera Artistic Board, will conduct all 5 performances. He is the first British conductor to have such a pivotal role in any Russian opera company.

Prince Igor is directed by the multi-award winning Yuri Alexandrov and designed by Vyacheslav Okunev. It is promoted by Ensemble Productions.

The premiŤre of Prince Igor was at the Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg in 1890. The UK premiŤre was at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1914.

Prince Igor is based on a thousand year old historical story of love, betrayal and empire building, brought to life by Borodinís score. The performances offer a rare treat to see an authentic Russian production of this classic work famous for its Polovtsian Dances. The great strength of this epic story is in the distinguished quality of its music and the writing for the solo, chorus and orchestra especially for the lead characters of Yaroslavna, Prince Igor and Konchak. Composer Alexander Borodin trained as a chemist and became a leading Professor in St Petersburg where he taught and did much research. He did not complete Prince Igor and after his sudden early death, it was finished by his executors Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov.

Since its inception in 1991, Novaya Opera has become a leading Russian opera house. The company has received great acclaim and sold out performances on its international tours. Novaya Opera is the only Russian opera company visiting London as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 celebrations.

Elena Popovskaya (Yaroslavna) was the first Russian soprano to perform Turandot at Pucciniís Festival in Torre del Lago (2008) and Zefirelliís production of Turandot at Verona Italy in 2012. She has been with Novaya Opera since 1998. Her debut at the Bolshoi was in 2007. oHouse in H Prize winning bass Sergey Artamonov (Igor) has been with Novaya Opera since 2003. His roles include Zaccaria in Verdi's Nabucco and Varlaam in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. There will be 21 soloists and 57 in the chorus.

Tues 1 April - Sat 5 April. Perfs 7.30pm Running time 3 hours

13 February 2014