Prince Igor

Portrait of a false hero

Interview with Ildar Abdrazakov


The Russian bass returns to one of his best roles on the stage of the Bastille Opera, in a new production by Barrie Kosky. In Alexandre Borodine's only opera, the main figure appears as an anti-prince, contradicting the narrative conventions on the heroic ideal. The staging focuses on the inner drama of this prince, unjustifiably glorified by a people in search of guidance. Ildar Abdrazakov talks about his first memories of this monument of the Russian repertoire, the challenges of interpreting the role, as well as about his close relationship with the Paris Opera.

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