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30 July 2019 (Tue), 19:00 Chamber Stage Boris Pokrovsky Theatre on Nikolskaya Street - Opera "Iolanta" Opera in two acts

Schedule for "Iolanta" Opera in two acts 2020

Libretto: Modest Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Artyom Davydov
Stage Director: Alexander Legchakov
Designer: Varvara Timofeyeva

In the framework of International New Opera World Laboratory


Events unfold in the mountains of France. There is a castle that King Rene built for his young daughter Iolanta. The princess is blind from birth, but does not know about it. Her secret is carefully hidden by the order of the king, and none of the outsiders, under pain of death, dare to enter the castle. In happy ignorance, Iolanthe spends his days among her friends. However, recently, obscure aspirations violate her peace. Iolanta is crying, longing, and in vain her friends are trying to distract her from sad thoughts. The king invites to the castle the famous doctor Ebn-Hakia, who reports that healing is possible, but for this Iolanthe must know about his misfortune and with all his heart want to have insight. Fearing that knowing the truth without certainty of healing will be a painful blow for her daughter, Rene refuses to reveal her secret.

Lost in the hunt, two knights get into the royal garden - Robert and Vaudemont. Robert as a child was engaged to Iolanta, whom he had never seen. Ardently in love with Countess of Lorraine Matilda, he wants to ask King Rene to terminate the engagement. In the arbor of the wonderful garden, Vodémon sees a sleeping unfamiliar girl. He is fascinated by her. An involuntary exclamation of excitement awakens Iolanthe. The excitement of a young knight causes a response in her soul. Saying goodbye to a beautiful stranger, Vodémon asks for a red rose as a souvenir, but the girl breaks a white one. With horror, the knight is convinced that Iolanthe is blind. Overcome with compassion, he tells her how beautiful the light is. Iolanthe believes his words. The king, having learned that the stranger revealed Iolanta a secret, becomes indignant, threatening to execute him. The doctor reassures the king, urging that the path to healing is now open. In order to save her beloved, Iolanthe is ready to endure any torment. Having seen clearly, she sees the world with amazement and delight, recognizes her father, her friends and Wodemon, who will henceforth be her protector. All solemnly praise the light, the source of life and knowledge.

Schedule for "Iolanta" Opera in two acts 2020

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