Vladimir Fedoseyev © Yulia Osadcha

IOLANTA

Lyric Opera in one act (1892)

Music by Peter Ilitsch Tschaikowski

Libretto by Modest Tschaikowski

Opera in concert in Russian

 

UNDINE

Opern-Fragment (1869)

Music by Peter Ilitsch Tschaikowski

Libretto by Vladimir Sollogub

Opera in concert in Russian

Friday, 22 February 2019, 7 pm

Content / Background

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Undina and Iolanta as a double-header on one evening show the beginning and end of his operatic composition: The Undina fragment is what remains of Tchaikovsky’s second opera. It was written in 1869 in the hope that it would be performed at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, but this hope was disappointed. Tchaikovsky liked the novella Undina by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué very much and started work with great enthusiasm, but the theatre rejected the opera by the as yet unknown young composer and Undina was never performed there. In 1870 Tchaikovsky was able to present parts of the work in a concert in Moscow, but still no one showed any interest in performing the whole opera. Giving up, the composer reworked passages from it for inclusion in other works such as his 2nd Symphony, the incidental music The Snow Maiden for Alexander Ostrovsky’s play of the same name, and Swan Lake. He afterwards destroyed the score, and only a few numbers are extant. But when Tchaikovsky wrote Iolanta he was at the height of his fame — and almost at the end of his life: this was to be his final opera. The one-act opera was very important to the composer: “I shall write music to make the world weep,” he announced as he set to work. Comparison of the two works reveals not only Tchaikovsky’s stylistic path as an opera composer; they share more than that: Both are fairy tales in which the female protagonist lacks something fundamental: with Undina it is her soul, with Iolanta the power of sight which in Modest Tchaikovsky’s libretto is clearly equated with knowledge of the world and of God. Both can only be helped by love. For Undina it all goes wrong, Huldbrand betrays her and she becomes a spring at his grave, but Iolanta is healed thanks to the sincere love of Count Vaudémont. Iolanta is therefore one of Tchaikovsky’s few stage works — along with The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker — with a happy ending, and therefore comes across as an unintentionally positive artistic reckoning of the composer’s life.

Cast

Conductor

Vladimir Fedoseyev

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IOLANTA

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Iolanta

Elena Mikhailenko

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König René

Aleksei Tikhomirov

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Herzog Robert von Burgund

Aleksei Isayev

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Gottfried von Vaudémont

Ivan Gyngazov

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Ibn-Hakia

Grigory Soloviev

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Almeric

Ivan Volkov

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Bertrand

Georgii Ekimov

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Martha

Larisa Kostiuk

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Brigitta

Olga Tolkmit

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Laura

Irina Reynard

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UNDINE

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Undine

Elena Mikhailenko

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Huldbrand

Ivan Gyngazov

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Goldman

Grigory Soloviev

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Bertha

Irina Reynard

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Orchestra and Choir

Orchester und Chor der Helikon Oper Moskau

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Iolanta / Undine

Theater an der Wien,Wien

Date/Time Venue/Location Price Ticketlink
Fri, 22.02.20197:00 pm Undine / Iolanta
Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6Wien1060
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