Finding release among the poppy fields: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s powerful Prince Igor reaches Amsterdam

Borodin: Prince Igor ****

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, 7th February 2017

When faced with Disaster rather than Triumph, how does a true leader respond? The ability to “watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools” was Rudyard Kipling’s mark of a man and it’s the key to the final scene in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s deeply psychological staging of Prince Igor at Dutch National Opera. Igor, returning to Putivl after ignominious military defeat to the Polovtsians, finds his city in ruins. Crowds acclaim his return, but Igor – clearly in the throes of a post-traumatic stress disorder – responds by clearing rubble.

Kontsjakova (Agunda Kulaeva) en Vladimir Igorevitsj (Pavel Cernoch)

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