• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: Le Prince Igor

An Opera in a Prologue and Four Acts.
Words and Music by Alexander Borodin.
Relayed from the Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels.
Conductor: M. Corneil de Thoran.
Prologue: The Market Square at Poutivle.
Act I., Scene 1: The Courtyard of the Palace of Prince Vladimir Galitsky.
Scene 2: A Room in the Palace of Jaroslavna.
Act II.: In the Camp of the Polovtsi before the Tent of Kontchak.
Act III.: The Entrance to the Camp on the bank of the River Don.
Act IV.: The Steps of the Kremlin at Poutivle.
The 2nd News Bulletin will be read in the interval between Acts II. and III.

Story of "Le Prince Igor."
Alexander Borodin, the composer of this opera, was a scientist who only turned to music in moments of depression or illness.
His opera, "Le Prince Igor", is a brilliant work in true Russian style.
The opera tells how Igor, Prince of Seversk, leaves his State to make war against a neighbouring Oriental tribe. The Prince leaves the conduct of the State to his traitor brother, Galitsky, who lives riotously and does his best to usurp the throne.
Jaroslavna, Igor's wife, remains behind and later (Act I., Scene 2) news is brought to her that her husband's army has been defeated and that he and her son have been taken prisoners.
We are now taken (Acts II. and III.) to the camp of the Orientals, where the young Prince Vladimir has fallen in love with the Princess of the tribe. He serenades her by night, while Igor laments his captivity.
At a banquet given by the Khan (Chief of the Oriental tribe), when all are stupefied with wine, Prince Igor escapes. The young Prince Vladimir, who tries to follow his father, is prevented by the Princess, and the Khan is content to let his daughter Kontchakovna and Prince Vladimir marry each other.
Prince Igor returns to his wife and they are last seen entering the Kremlin to give thanksgiving.
This opera is little known in England.
Listeners who are interested should not miss the following:
Galitsky's Drinking...Song Act I. Scene I
Princess Kontchakovna's Song Act II.
Vladimir's Serenade Act II.
The Lovers' Duet Act II.
Prince Igor's Lament... Act II.
March, Opening of the Act, The famous Dances of "Prince Igor"...Act III.
Chorus of Townsfolk passing across the scene... Act IV.

(to 22.30)


Composer: Alexander Borodin
Conductor: M. Corneil de Thoran
Prince Igor: M.L. Roosen
Vladimir (his son): M. Gallins
Vladimir, Prince Galitsky: M.L. van Obbergh
Kontchak, Chief of the Polovtsi: M.L. Richard
Jaroslavna (wife of Igor): Mme. Marguerite Soyer
Kontchakovna (daughter of Kontchak): Mme. L. Mertens

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel