Iolanta / Bluebeard's Castle
Approximate running time 3 hrs. 15 min.
On 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.
Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera
Production a gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Nicholas F. Taubman
Additional funding from Mrs. Veronica Atkins; Dr. Magdalena Berenyi, in memory of Dr. Kalman Berenyi; and the National Endowment for Arts
"Thrillingly staged... A poetic realm infused with with feeling, menace, magic..." (Bloomberg)
"Anna Netrebko is radiant as Iolanta... Captivating... As thrilling and chilling as any fairy tale or horror story..." (The Huffington Post)
"Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko exuded extrovert passion, misery and menace." (Financial Times)
"A stage awash in tears and blood... Much to savor and think about...
There were overwhelming passages in Valery Gergiev's account of this astonishing Bartók score." (New York Times)
"The most spine-chilling thriller currently playing isn't on the screen of your local multiplex but on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera." (The Observer)
Performance Dates/Tickets and Info
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