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Blind item

As a preview of sorts of the Next Big Thing at the Met, here’s a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta featuring Piotr Beczala from 2002.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Iolanta

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow
The Moscow Chamber Choir
Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor
Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
13 March 2002

Iolanta – Olgy Mykytenko
Count Vaudémont – Piotr Beczala
Robert – Andrey Grigoriev
King René – Benno Schollum
Ibn-Hakia – Vladimir Krassov
Almeric – Roman Muravitsky
Bertrand – Nikolai Didenko
Martha – Nina Romanova
Brigitte – Bella Kabanova
Laura – Larissa Kostyuk

  • Camille

    Thank you, Jungfer, much obliged.

    Looking forward to hearing this version as I have not heard the entire opera for years now, and here is hoping the Iolanta of Olga Mykytenko will at least be as good as was that of Marina Shaguch.

  • Camille

    And as a point of reference and BOL’ SHOYE interest (and with the kind indulgence of die Jungferissima, bitte!), I would like to park this treasure from the Bolshoi Opera archives, and which posting was only this last summer, right here. A big shout out of Spasibo! goes to semira mide for having mentioned it somewhere or another in comments. It features the great Litsisian, about whom I have heard so very much positive talk from esteemed parterre partisans, in the baritone role. I would imagine it to be a fairly high profile cast from that period (1963) otherwise, but have no knowledge of them.

    In any case and since this beautiful opera is a rarity for us in the U.S, I do hope these examples of which will prove helpful to others in acquainting and familiarising themselves with this lyrical swansong of the great Piotr, and which first was put on the boards as part of a rather long evening along with The Nutcracker! To wit:


  • Camille

    I’m sorry, but Iolanta is not the ony blind lady—I didn’t see the extra -- / -- there, so, once more, Bolshoi Opera Iolanta, ca. 1963: