Mikhaylovskiy theatre. Opera "Iolanta".

We are glad to offer you visit Mikhaylovskiy theatre, one of the most famous theatres of Saint Petersburg. On May 15, 2018 you will have an opportunity to hear "Iolanta", by Petr I. Tchaikovsky.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky found the inspiration for his last opera in a tale of medieval France. Iolanta, the daughter of King René, has been blind since birth, but is unaware of her misfortune. Cradled in loving care, she lives a quiet, happy life, in ignorance of her blindness, until a young knight happens to enter her home. In a very literal sense, the opera celebrates love and its curative powers. Indeed, it is only after she falls in love, experiences spiritual pain, and overcomes her fear, that Iolanta is able to see. In the finale, the choir extols the universe, the light of reason, morality, and purity. The production is bathed in light, which heightens its delicate musical lyricism and reinforces the story’s main theme of the victory of light over darkness.


Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky after the play King Renè’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz

Stage Director: Sergey Shepelyov
Stage and Costume Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer: Mikhail Mekler
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chorus: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Director: Vyacheslav Kalyuzhny
Principal Pianist: Maria Kopyseva
Chorus Masters: Alexey Dmitriev, Sergey Tsyplenkov
Stage Manager: Elena Piskunova