Both, opera “Iolanta” and ballet “The Nutcracker” were written for Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg as a single production. Tchaikovsky’s last opera “Iolanta” was inspired by a play “King Rene’s Daugher” by the Danish dramatist Henrik Hertz and turned into a libretto by the composer’s brother, Modest Tchaikovsky.“Iolanta” is Tchaikovsky’s most vivacious and positive musical legend. It is a story of a blind princess Iolanta, who passionately begins to yearn for the inexhaustible colours of nature and light after she suddenly falls in love with knight Vaudemont. The idea of strong will, all-curing love and spiritual purity is blended into an absorbing mix of poetry and chaste lyric expression in Tchaikovsky’s opera. Iolanta’s magical healing is an ode to life, love, light and nature.
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