Iolanta

PREMIERE
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
IOLANTA
A lyric opera in one act with intermission
The libretto was written by Modest Tchaikovsky, and is based on the play “King René's Daughter” by Henrik Hertz.
 

Director: T. Onami
Conductor: Artyom Davydov
Production designers: Aleksandr Kupalyan, Gleb Muhametlatypov
Costume designer: Mariya Vysotskaya
Lighting designer: Denis Enyukov
Choirmaster: Evgenij Il'in

From 17th of May till 23rd of May the Moscow audience and tourists will see the premiere of one the finest works in the world – last opera of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Iolanta”.

“Iolanta” – the amazing opera, filled with the mystic sense, particular dramatic effect and shine. Its philosophical content and message are relevant and in tune to any time.

In the literary basis of the opera is the historical plot. Two independent governors – René (the King of Provence) and Philip III (the Duke of Burgundy) stood against to each other the whole life.
Lost in the fight with the Antoine of Vaudémont, commander of Burgundy, René got into captivity, where he stayed for six years. Philip III allowed him to get back home only after the wedding of the eldest René’s sons on the daughters of the House of Burgundy. Moreover, the duke of Burgundy forced René to subscribe the engagement of the seven year old Iolanta. However, agreeing to these conditions, René kept silent about Iolanta’s blindness. Thus, the information about her disease became the strictly protected state secret, which could be the cause of new war between Burgundy and Lorraine, a matter of life and death of René’s sons, who are in fact remained hostages at the court of  Philip III.

The debutant stage crew of “Helikon-opera” find in the genius composer’s intention the contemporary sounding. In today's digital world the shine of gadgets plainly blinds the millions of sighted people. To stay the full person in such circumstances may only the one, who preserves the vigilance of the heart.  

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