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Concert Iolanta (concert performance)
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Schedule for Iolanta (concert performance) 2021-2022

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Musical Preparation: Marina Mishuk

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Iolanta – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's last opera – was written two years before the composer’s death. In 1884 Tchaikovsky read the one-act play King Rene’s Daughter by the Danish dramatist Henrik Hertz. The poetic story of Iolanta who has been blind from birth and is cured of her ailment through love inspired Tchaikovsky, who was looking for a subject for a short, lyrical opera.
The eternal gloom in which Iolanta lives peacefully becomes a symbol of spiritual blindness and the source of deep pain for those close to her. Love ignites her heart’s desire to see the world and inspires her courage to undergo the pain that will enable her to see.
At the request of the composer, his brother Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote an operatic libretto after the plot of King Rene’s Daughter. The opera was written between July and December 1891, and the premiere took place at the Mariinsky Theatre on 6 December 1892.
It is believed that the composer’s philosophical intentions are reflected in the plot of the opera, as he had a keen interest in the philosophy of Spinoza. Whether that is the case or not Iolanta stands apart from Tchaikovsky’s other works because of its unusual "otherworldly" plot and the touching, light and serene music.

Iolanta (concert performance)
opera in one act
music: Peter Tchaikovsky
Soloists of operatic company, academy of young singers, chorus and the symphonic orchestra of Mariinsky theater
libretto: Modestus Tschaikovsky on the drama of Heinrich Hertz "Daughter of the king of Raney"

Schedule for Iolanta (concert performance) 2021-2022

Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazon - Iolanta (Tchaikovsky)
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Extract from the Paris recital, March 2007

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