Chicago Opera Theater
Opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Based on the Danish play King René’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz
Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky
A lush and beautifully crafted modern coming-of-age fantasy about love in all its forms. Iolanta is Tchaikovsky’s final opera, and features the composer at the height of his compositional prowess. It makes its Chicago premiere with direction by internationally acclaimed and award-winning director Paul Curran and under the baton of COT’s own Staley Music Director, Maestro Lidiya Yankovskaya.
A lesser known work than Tchaikovsky’s famous ballets or his opera house staple Eugene Onegin,Iolanta shares in Tchaikovsky’s rich tradition of lush orchestrations and glorious, lyrical melodies. Based on the Danish play Kong Renés Datter (King René’s Daughter) by Henrik Hertz, Iolanta is a fairytale of love and enlightenment.
Performance dates: Sat. November 10th at 7:30PM; Thu. November 15th at 7:30PM; and Sun. November 18th at 3PM. Runs 100 minutes, no intermission (subject to change).
Performed in Russian with English supertitles.