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Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production of Prince Igor is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.  Prince Igor premiered at the Metropolitan Opera on February 6, 2014, and had it’s European premiere at the Dutch Nationale Opera on February 7, 2017.

For this production, Tucker created several short black and white films to portray Prince Igor’s dream of battle.  The first film is projected on a downstage scrim, which accompanies Kiri Deonarine’s stunning offstage voice.  The film portrays Igor’s soldiers and son, Vladimir, awaiting war.  Suddenly the sky shakes and an explosion strikes the soldiers.  As the music starts, the imagery grows more disturbing and intense, landing on the same soldiers now dead on the ground.  We then cut to Igor, who fluctuates between life and death, as he falls and loses consciousness, the curtain rises into his dream sequence taking place in Tcherniakov’s vibrant poppy field.  Throughout the scene, we flash between live action in the poppy fields and filmed dream sequences projected on the translucent downstage scrim.

To create the film, Tucker teamed up with Directors of Photography Chris Gabello and Zander Taketomo, of Gabello Studios and the Metropolitan Opera’s phenomenal makeup and supernumerary department.  The footage was shot in a rehearsal hall at the MET in front of a 24 ft green screen using a Red Epic camera.

The images featured above are stills from the various projected sequences.

Project Details

Prince Igor

The Metropolitan Opera