New interpretation of “Prince Igor” on 13 and 15 June at the Sofia Opera with the conductor of Bolshoi Theatre – Pavel Klinichev

Pavel Klinichev – conductor of Bolshoi Theatre Pavel Klinichev – conductor of Bolshoi Theatre

On 13 and 15 June the admirers of operatic art will have the chance to be with the new interpretation of Borodin’s classical work of art “Prince Igor”. Stage director of the production is Plamen Kartaloff. Set designer is Boris Stoynov, costume designer – Svetla Kalaydzhieva and choreographer – Asen Gavrilov.

Conductor of “Prince Igor” is Pavel Klinichev, who has been conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre still as a student. He was invited by Gennady Rozhdestvensky himself for full-time conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre. He has realized many guest-performances with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre all over the world. Later on, more than forty compositions sounded under his baton at the Bolshoi Theatre, including Borodin’s “Prince Igor”, “The Snow Maiden”, “Tsar’s Bride” and “The Golden Cockerel” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, “Iolanta” and “Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky, “La traviata” by G. Verdi, “La bohème” and “Tosca” by G. Puccini, “The Fiery Angel” by S. Prokofiev and others.

Recently Pavel Klinichev conducted at the Sofia Opera Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem.

On 13 and 15 June in “Prince Igor” take part:

Veselin Mihaylov, Gabriela Georgieva, Hrisimir Damyanov, Biser Georgiev /Galitsky/, Angel Hristov, Tsveta Sarambelieva, Rosen Nenchev, Dimitar Stanchev, Angel Antonov, Vetka Petkova, Silvana Pravcheva.

Chorus master is Violeta Dimitrova.

The new reading of Alexander Borodin’s opera displays the lead character Prince Igor without the traditional clichés and presents to the spectators a different and strongly influencing finale. The stage director Plamen Kartaloff presents his own interpretation of the Russian composer’s work.

In Borodin’s musical and dramatical concept “the Prince is not the positive character”, states Prof. Kartaloff. “He is presented as a vainglorious, envious, haughty man, who sends his unprepared army to certain death in the name of his inordinate ambitions. My main stimulus for a new, untraditional and brilliant finale of the opera “Prince Igor” is based on three main arguments”, explained the stage director.

“The first one is that the opera, written by Borodin for more than 18 years, remained unfinished by its author. The last act was finished by Glazunov, supported by Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestration.

The second is that my profound studies of the historical events, related to Prince Igor’s march against the Polovtsians in 1185, helped me to convince myself that in Borodin’s musical and dramatical concept Prince Igor is not the patriot, who merits crowning with chrism and epic “Glory” before the final curtain, like Glazunov presents him.

In the Hypatian Codex about Igor’s military march we shall find a very strong revelation by Igor for all his sins before the Christians and the pains he caused them. His act to take the field unprepared is sufficiently reckless, providing a shameful captivity not only for himself, but also for thousands of others, and the rest of his army was slaughtered. Because despite the warning with the “Sign of God” and the people’s supplications not to go to fight, Igor persistently decided that the moment was crucial for his mission.

The third argument for my audacity to set about a new contemporary version of the finale of Borodin’s masterpiece is the necessity of a message to the spectator of today. After a very careful study of the historical events, profoundly exploring and analysing the musical language of the scores, as well as the overall form of the dramaturgical lines of the opera, I had the striving Borodin’s opus to receive a real optimistic and logic finale of its own.”

Maestro Kartaloff has staged the opera “Prince Igor” at the Sofia Opera, at the most prestigious festival in Spain – Santander, where he had great success, and at the well-known festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

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