Notes & Reviews:
In Tchaikovsky's final opera, the king's blind daughter Iolanta gains her sight because she falls in love... although the whole thing is actually a bit more complicated... Tchaikovsky composed the music for Iolanta, Op. 69, to a libretto by brother Modest, during the second half of 1891. The Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg commissioned two pieces using fairytale motives to be performed on the same evening - a one act opera and a ballet; the latter was to become his famous Nutcracker ballet. Dmitrij Kitajenko leads the Gürzenich Orchestra in this live Köln Opera production.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
As a young innocent, Golovneva's Iolanta is preferable to the fuller, darker soprano of Netrebko... Vinogradov's soft-grained bass is rock-solid and on magnificent form... Popov is in mellifluous, heady voice as VaudTmont... a top-drawer recording of an increasingly significant opera.
Recording information: Philharmonie Cologne (10/17/2014/10/19/2014).
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Works DetailsTchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanta, Op. 69
- Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
- Ensemble: Cologne Opera Orchestra
- Notes: Philharmonie Cologne (10/17/2014/10/19/2014)
- Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1891
- Studio/Live: Live