The source for its libretto, which was written by the author himself in co-operation with V. Stasov, was the monument of Russian ancient literature called “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign”, which tells us about the unsuccessful military campaign of the Russian Prince Igor against the Polovtsians.
The opera’s premiere took place on the 23rd of October (4th of November), 1890 in St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre.
It took 18 years to create this opera, but in 1887 the composer died, and the work remained unfinished. Basing on A. Borodin’s notes, it was completed by Alexander Glazunov and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The scene is laid in the Russian town of Putivl and in the Polovtsian camp in 1185.
Production Director – People’s Artist of Russia Yuri Alexandrov (St Petersburg)
Conductor-Director – Honored Artist of Russia Vladimir Kovalenko
Art Director – Distinguished Artist of Russia Viacheslav Okunev (St Petersburg)
Ballet-Master - Director – Distinguished Artist of Russia, awardee of the international ballet-masters contests, awardee of the Maurice Béjart’s prize Kirill Shmorgoner
Stage Production Director – Irina Sharonova (St Petersburg)
Conductor: People’s Artist of Republic of Belarus, Honored Artist of Russia, awardee of the State Prize of Republic of Belarus, awardee of the national theatre prize Alexander Anisimov
Choirmasters – Honored Artist of Russia Valeria Navrotskaya, Olga Safronova
Choir Director – Marina Monastyrskaya
Ballet Dancers’ Trainers and Coaches: Distinguished Artist of Russia Gennady Akachenok, Alexander Petrov
Composer Alexander Borodin (1833-1887). Libretto by A. Borodin.
Choreography by K. Goleizovski
“Prince Igor” is an opera by a Russian composer A. Borodin.