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Posted: January 24, 2019

Friends of Opera screening Prince Igor Feb. 1

Fernie Friends of Opera screens productions from the greatest opera houses in the world in Fernie’s The Arts Station theatre monthly from September to May. Opera lovers can socialize and enjoy excellent sound and a relatively big screen for these magnificent productions. Admission is by donation.

After screening, our opera DVDs are donated to the Fernie Heritage Library, where they can be accessed by library members throughout the region.

For more information or to join our email list, contact [email protected].

February’s opera is: Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, with Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Sergei Aleksahkin and Olga Borodina of the Kirov Opera & Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia; conducted by Valery Gergiev. (Russian with English subtitles, 1998, 3:14 h.)

Borodin adapted the libretto for his opera from the Ancient Russian epic The Lay of Igor’s Host, which recounts the campaign of Prince Igor Svyatoslavich against the invading Polovtsian tribes in 1185.

In the opera prologue, Igor sets off to war leaving his wife and brother-in-law behind. All does not go well at home, and Igor’s army is routed. It ends happily, though.

This all-Russian production brings the richness and majesty of medieval Russia to the stage in an epic telling of the story with no holding back: the Kirov Ballet, Mariinsky Chorus with the illustrious Gergiev at the helm, all at their dazzling best.

Borodin’s famous orchestral piece, The Polovtsian Dances, is a part of this opera, performed by the renowned Kirov Ballet.

Prince Igor screens on Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

Fernie Friends of Opera

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