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Work: Iolanta

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ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
PeriodRomantic
Year1891
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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LondonIl segreto di Susanna / IolantaNew production

Il segreto di Susanna / Iolanta
Wolf-Ferrari, Tchaikovsky
Sian Edwards; John Wilkie; Opera Holland Park; John Andrews; takis; Clare Presland; Richard Burkhard

StockholmIolantaNew production

Iolanta
Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
T. Onami; Royal Swedish Opera; Aleksandr Kupalyan; Mariya Vysotskaya; Gleb Muhametlatypov; Denis Enyukov

ParisWeek-End Saint Pétersbourg: Iolanta

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
Valery Gergiev; Mariinsky Opera; Irina Churilova; Stanislav Trifomov; Najmiddin Mavlyanov; Alexey Markov
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Emotion and mayhem: a golden double bill from Royal Academy Opera

Samantha Quillish (Iolanta) and Shengzhi Ren (Vaudémont) © Robert Workman
Students triumph in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges.
****1
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Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Mariusz Treliński's double bill pairing returns to the Metropolitan Opera with fine performances from Sonya Yoncheva and Gerald Finley in the leads. 
****1
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Mavra and Iolanta: a strong Russian double-bill

Joanna Marie Skillett (Iolanta) © Clive Barda
In the first of its opera productions this season, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama presented an interesting combination of Stravinsky's odd little comedy, Mavra and Tchaikovsky's tale of the blind princess, Iolanta.
****1
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Tcherniakov triumphs with Iolanta, but hobbles Nutcracker

Sonya Yoncheva (Iolanta), Vito Priante (Ibn-Hakia), Marion Barbeau (Marie) et al © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra National de Paris
In Paris, Russian enfant terrible reunites Iolanta with The Nutcracker... with wildly mixed results. 
***11
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Twice upon a time in Prague

Le Rossignol © Patrik Borecky
A twin bill of fairy tales in Prague delights and disappoints.
***11
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