Two perfect gems in one
The premiere of Iolanta was an exceptional event in the history of music, for another Tchaikovsky masterpiece, Nutcracker, also had its first performance on the same evening. Both the Emperor and the entire audience at the Mariinsky Theatre were enraptured. The music of these two gems is now united in the exquisite Bolshoi Theatre production.
The orchestra paints a prologue to the events of the opera in music from the ballet. King René lives with his daughter Iolanta in his remote castle. Iolanta has been blind ever since birth, but her father does not want her to know this. In the end, an amazing love restores her sight, revealing the visible world, for better, for worse.
A Bolshoi Theatre guest production
Music director: Tugan Sokhiev
Stage director: Sergey Zhenovach
Set and costume designer: Alexander Borovsky
Lighting designer: Damir Ismagilov
Chief chorus master: Valery Borisov
The Bolshoi Theatre Choir and Orchestra.