Why See Metropolitan Opera: Iolanta / Duke Bluebeard's Castle?
An extraordinary double bill
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko stars alongside Nadja Michael in this opera double bill by the Met Opera, consisting of Tchaikovsky's delightul fairy tale Iolanta and Bartok's erotic thriller Duke Bluebeard's Castle. This performance is a co-production between the Met Opera and the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera.
Ms. Netrebko is joined on-stage by Piotr Beczala, whilst Ms. Michael's Bluebeard will be performed by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas will be conducted by Valery Gergiev and are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, the artistic director of the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera, who found his inspiration for the production in 1940s film noir.
WHAT ARE THE OPERAS ABOUT?
Iolanta is a bittersweet fairy tale based around disability. When a blind princess grows up in the cossetted world of her overprotective father, she is unaware of her predicament. A Moorish physician tries to heal her but to no avail - the King is getting impatient, for he has arranged Iolanta to be married to Robert, a prince from another kingdom whose heart aches for another. He meets Iolanta but is unmoved - however his companion Vaudemonte is utterly bewitched by her. This tale examines what it means to see, and whether or not a cure to ills provides salvation to the sufferer.
Bluebeard's Castle is a dark, erotic thriller with influences of 1940s film noir, combined with fantasy and the dangers of too much knowledge. When Judith leaves her peaceful live behind to explore the darkness of Bluebeard, she is faced with seven locked doors within his domain. Some of these doors contain horrors, others treasure - but will she see what lies behind the last door - and what will it mean for her?
Opening night: 26 January 2015
May not be suitable for younger audiences
And before you stop reading
Sung in Russian and Hungarian with Met Titles in English, German and Spanish
Cast and Creative
Anna Netrebko in Iolanta
Piotr Beczala in Iolanta
Nadja Michael in Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Mikhail Petrenko in Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Conducted by Valery Gergiev
Production: Mariusz Trelinski
Set Designer: Boris Kudlicka
Costume Designer: Marek Adamski
Lighting Designer: Marc Heinz
Video Projection Designer: Bartek Macias
Choreographer: Tomasz Wygoda
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