Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle
A scene from Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle" | Photo: Marty Sohl/Met Opera
A double-feature of two one-act operas: Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" and Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle."
Conductor (for both operas): Henrik Nánási
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sonya Yoncheva is the blind princess, Iolanta, who discovers love for the first time, opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as the dashing knight Vaudémont. The score of Iolanta contains a wealth of instantly recognizable Tchaikovskian melody, beginning with the opening scene and the title character’s first solo.
Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s final opera, was commissioned by St. Petersburg’s Imperial Theatres as part of a double bill with a new ballet which became The Nutcracker.
IOLANTA: Sonya Yoncheva
COUNT GOTTFRIED VAUDÉMONT: Matthew Polenzani
ROBERT: Alexey Markov
IBN-HAKIA: Elchin Azizov
RENÉ: Vitalij Kowaljow
by Béla Bartók
Bluebeard’s Castle is Bartók’s only opera and is an intense psychological journey; a powerful drama of inner emotion, and a tour de force for two singers (and the orchestra). In it, the bride Judith prods Bluebeard to open seven doors, each of which reveals an aspect of Bluebeard’s life, material possessions and, by extension, his mind.
Baritone Gerald Finley is the menacing Bluebeard, and soprano Angela Denoke is his initially unsuspecting new wife.
BLUEBEARD: Gerald Finley
JUDITH: Angela Denoke
Start time: 10:00am on Capital Public Radio .
Approximate running time 3 hrs 22 min
Approximate start times for each:
"Bluebeard's Castle" 12:15pm
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