Iolanta Bluebeard's Castle

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Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle is making its first return to the stage since its premiere in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-19 season, in a production from January 24, 2018 – February 14, 2019. Created by Mariusz Treliński, this innovative production pairs one-act operas by Béla Bartók and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the blind princess Iolanta and baritone Gerald Finley as Bluebeard. Conducted by Henrik Nánási, these one-act operas create an intense operatic journey full of drama, emotion and intrigue, set in a space inspired by 1940s film noir. A fascinating and compelling pairing of these two works, it’s a must-see for all opera fans.

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Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle 2018-2019

Valery Gergiev conducts Mariusz Trelinski’s thrilling new production of these rarely heard one-act operas. Anna Netrebko stars as the blind princess of the title in Tchaikovsky’s lyrical work, opposite Piotr Beczala as Vaudémont, the man who wins her love—and wakes her desire to be able to see. Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko are Judith and Bluebeard in Bartók’s gripping psychological thriller about a woman discovering her new husband’s murderous past.

CAST & CREATIVE
CONDUCTOR
Valery Gergiev

IOLANTA
Anna Netrebko

VAUDÉMONT
Piotr Beczala

DUKE ROBERT
Aleksei Markov

KING RENÉ
Ilya Bannik

JUDITH
Nadja Michael

BLUEBEARD
Mikhail Petrenko

World Premiere: Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, 1892; Royal Opera House, Budapest, 1918

Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s final opera was commissioned by St. Petersburg’s Imperial Theatres as part of a double bill with a new ballet—which became The Nutcracker. Although Iolanta, unlike its companion piece, has remained relatively unknown outside of Russia, it is prime operatic Tchaikovsky and overdue for discovery by the world at large. Bluebeard’s Castle is Bartók’s only opera and is an intense psychological journey, a powerful drama of inner emotion, and a tour de force for two singers (and the orchestra). In it, the bride Judith prods Bluebeard to open seven doors, each of which reveals an aspect of Bluebeard’s life, material possessions, and, by extension, his mind. [1]

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