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Jan. 29 2015

02/14/15 – Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle – 1:00pm

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 Metropolitan Opera

Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky

Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók
Libretto by Béla Balázs

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 15 min.

Bluebeard's CastleOn the heels of her triumphant Met performances as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by a psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

Sung in Russian/Hungarian.

Cast/Crew

Cast

Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Iolanta: Anna Netrebko
Count Tristan Vaudemont: Piotr Beczala
Robert: Aleksei Markov
René: Alexei Tanovitski
Ibn-Hakia: Elchin Azizov
Judith: Nadja Michael
Bluebeard: Mikhail Petrenko

Production Team

Production: Mariusz Trelinski
Set Designer: Boris Kudlicka
Costume Designer: Marek Adamski
Lighting Designer: Marc Heinz
Video Projection Designer:Bartek Macias
Sound Designer: Mark Grey
Choreographer: Tomasz Wygoda
Dramaturg: Piotr Gruszczynski

Photo credits: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

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