New Stage

15 February
2014 | Saturday
Opera in 2 acts
Artists Credits
Ekaterina Vasilenko - Brigitta, a friend to Iolanta
Lolitta Semenina - Iolanta, blind daughter of King Rene
Evgenia Segenyuk - Marta, Iolanta’s nurse
Marat Gali - Almerik, King Rene’s armour-bearer
Oleg Kulko - Count Vaudemont, a Burgundian knight
Pavel Chernykh - Ibn-Hakia, a Moorish physician
Vladimir Redkin - Robert, Duke of Burgundy
Vadim Lynkovsky - Bertrand, a castle gate-keeper
Mikhail Kazakov - Rene, King of Provence
Opera company
Modest Tchaikovsky, Author libretto
Damir Ismagilov, Lighting Designer
Pavel Sorokin, Musical Director
Valery Borisov, Principal Chorus Master
Sergey Barkhin, Set Designer
Performed in Russian
Premiere of this production: 14 Jun 1997

The performance has 1 intermission
Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Pyotr Tchaikovsky found the inspiration for his last opera in a tale of medieval France. Iolanta, the daughter of King René, has been blind since birth, but is unaware of her misfortune. Cradled in loving care, she lives a quiet, happy life, in ignorance of her blindness, until a young knight happens to enter her home. 

In a very literal sense, the opera celebrates love and its curative powers. Indeed, it is only after she falls in love, experiences spiritual pain, and overcomes her fear, that Iolanta is able to see. In the finale, the choir extols the universe, the light of reason, morality, and purity. The production is bathed in light, which heightens its delicate musical lyricism and reinforces the story’s main theme of the victory of light over darkness.

Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky based on Heinrich Hertz’s dramatic poem Koenig Renes Tochter

The libretto was written by the composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky, and is based on the Danish play Kong Renes Datter (King Rene’s Daughter) by Henrik Hertz, a romanticised account of the life of Yolande de Bar. The play was translated by Fyodor Miller and adapted by Vladimir Zotov. The opera received its premiere on 18 December 1892 in St. Petersburg.

Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage Bol'shaya Dmitrovka Street, 4/2, Moscow, Russia
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