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Work: Iolanta

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ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
PeriodRomantic
Year1891
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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TokyoStravinsky & TchaikovskyNew production

New National Theatre Tokyo
Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
Andriy Yurkevych; Yannis Kokkos; New National Theatre; Hasmik Torosyan; Michiko Hariu
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Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Holland Park

John Savournin (Sante), Clare Presland (Susanna) © Opera Holland Park | Ali Wright
Wolf-Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna provides an airy bon-bouche to Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, brilliantly sung by Natalya Romaniw and David Butt Philip and conducted to fairy-tale perfection by Sian Edwards
***11
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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

In Paris, Russian enfant terrible reunites Iolanta with The Nutcracker... with wildly mixed results. 
***11
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