This visit from the Mariinsky Theatre's resident companies, complete with their star Anna Netrebko, provides an excellent opportunity to discover this exquisite score by Tchaikovsky, a rare historical treasure of Slav opera which is seldom performed in western opera houses.
Iolanta (Saint Petersburg, 1892) is a delicately refined opera set in medieval times. The Princess Iolanta has been born blind and her father has surrounded her by persons who conceal from her the existence of sight to spare her the pain of knowing she cannot see. A doctor from the East claims to be able to cure her but his remedy will work only if she is aware of her true situation. Her over-protective father refuses. Then a knight arrives. He realizes Iolanta is blind, falls in love her, explains to her what light and colours are, and says he wants to marry her. Her father's fury gives way to general rejoicing when the remedy restores her sight.
Opera in a single act. Libretto by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky after Henrik Hertz's Kong Renés Datter, translated from Danish by Fiódor Miller. Music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Premiered on 6 December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg.
First performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
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