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The Prince Igor opera gets revamped

The Bolshoi theater is having another go at Prince Igor opera with the new production staged by a famous Russian stage actor and director Yuri Lyubimov. The new Prince Igor is shorter with Lyubimov cutting out some famous parts of the opera and bringing in new ones, leaving only the classical Polovetsian dances untouched. Vasily Sinaisky, the Bolshoi chief conductor, says that such a new structure of the opera was conceived to make it more dynamic and intense. SOUNDBITE: Vasily Sinaisky, the Bolshoi chief conductor, saying (Russian): "You know, usually we structure it (performance) the way that it starts actively and then it cools down. But here the action is very intense with a very dramatic development." Prince Igor opera revolves around the 12th-century Russia under siege by outsiders and is based on a medieval poem, The Tale of Igor's Campaign. The music was written in 1874 and first performed in 1890 in St. Petersburg. The general public w

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