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Prince Igor 1990Slovak National Opera, Bratislava

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The 1990 Edinburgh Festival saw an interesting concentration on the performing arts of the newly-created Slovak Republic. While the National Theatre from Prague had visited Edinburgh before, and had Slovak artists in the ensemble, the Bratislava company now had a prominent identity of its own. Four operas were brought. Two big shows, using the ballet company in addition to opera, appeared at the Playhouse. These were Prince Igor and Faust. The King's Theatre hosted two more intimate native pieces in Julietta and The Whirlpool, which received its British premiere.

The Playhouse schedule was in the week commencing 20 Aug: Mon Faust; Tue no perf; Wed Prince Igor; Thu Prince Igor; Fri Faust; Sat Faust.

The King's showings the following week were: 27 Aug The Whirlpool; 29 & 30 Aug Julietta.

Prince Igor is an opera which appears to frighten British managements. This may partly be because of the importance of the dance element, but also because, like many operas unfinished by its composer, there are editorial questions to be resolved. Covent Garden did an excellent production under the Haitink regime, with Sergei Leiferkus in the title role and Paata Burchuladze as Konchak. It was televised, but never released on DVD, and stranger still, never revived. Opera North also presented it, quite successfully.

In Scotland in recent years. the only professional performances have been by the Belgrade Opera at the 1962 Festival, and these two, by the Slovak company, which had its own integral ballet group to perform the Polovtsian Dances.

The whole evening worked very well. without a weakness among the singers and a notably high standard of dancing. Perhaps the production was basic, with little by way of sophisticated acting, and the orchestra wasn't absolutely first class, but it was all thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

Performance Cast

Igor son of Svyatoslav, Prince of Seversk

František Caban (Aug 22)

Róbert Szucs (Aug 23)

Yaroslavna Igor's second wife

Lubica Rybárska (Aug 22)

Magdaléna Blahušiaková (Aug 23)

Vladimir Igorevich Igor's son by his first marriage

Sergei Larin

Prince Galitsky Vladimir Yaroslavich, brother of Yaroslavna

Ján Galla (Aug 22)

Jozef Špaček (Aug 23)

Konchak the Polovtsian Khan

Sergej Kopčák (Aug 22)

Ondřej Malachovský (Aug 23)

Konchakovna daughter of Khan Konchak

Ida Kirilová

Ovlur a Christian Polovtsian

Miroslav Dvorský

Skula a gudok player

Pavol Mauréry (Aug 22)

Rastislav Uhlár (Aug 23)

Eroshka a gudok player

Pavol Gábor (Aug 22)

Ivan Ožvát (Aug 23)

Nurse to Yaroslavna

Alžbeta Michálková

Polovtsian Girl

Jitka Saparová

Performance DatesPrince Igor 1990

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Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Aug, 19.00 23 Aug, 19.00

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