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Tchaikovsky: Iolanta / Vardanian, Kalinina, Eisen, Kuznetsov, Morozov, Malchenko

Tchaikovsky / Kalinina / Vardanian
Release Date: 02/16/2010 
Label:  Video Artists International   Catalog #: 4514  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nina GrigorievaLev KuznetsovGaliana KalininaIgor Morozov,   ... 
Conductor:  Ruben Vardanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre OrchestraBolshoi Theatre Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The last of Tchaikovsky’s operas, Iolanta is one of his most beautiful and moving works. This 1982 Bolshoi Opera boasts a lavish staging and a magnificent cast, led by Galina Kalinina in the title role, Artur Eisen as King René, and Lev Kuznetsov as Count Vaudémont; the Orchestra & Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre are under the direction of Ruben Vardanian. 92 minutes, Color, mono, subtitles in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Romanized Russian, All regions.

Opera in One Act
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky,
after the play “King René’s Daughter” by Henrik Hertz

Iolanta: Galina Kalinina
King René: Artur
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Vaudémont: Lev Kuznetsov
Robert: Igor Morozov
Ibn-Hakia: Vladimir Malchenko
Martha: Nina Grigorieva
Brigitta: Nina Larionova
Laura: Galina Koroleva
Bertrand: Valery Jaroslavtsev
Alméric: Oleg Biktimirov

Production of The Bolshoi Theatre
Orchestra & Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre
Ruben Vardanian, conductor
Live Performance, 1982

Director: Oleg Moralev
Production Design: Nikolay Zoloatarev
Video Director: Alexander Barannikov
Camera: V. Berdnikov

Iolanta, the last of Tchaikovsky’s operas, was premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in December 1892, as part of a double-bill with his ballet The Nutcracker. Though eclipsed in fame by the ballet, Iolanta is nonetheless one of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful and moving works. The opera tells the poignant tale of King René, who shields his daughter Iolanta from the knowledge that she is blind by keeping her secluded from the world. When the Count Vaudémont accidentally chances upon Iolanta in a rare moment alone, he falls in love with her at first sight. Discerning that she is blind, he tries to explain the delights of visual beauty. Iolanta is confused, but responds to Vaudémont’s passion. They are interrupted by the King, who is at first furious that someone has dared to tell Iolanta that she is blind. However, Ibn-Hakia, a Moorish physician, informs the King that it is indeed Iolanta’s desire to see that is essential for her cure. With the physician’s help, Iolanta gains her sight, and the King gives his blessing to her union with Vaudémont.
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Works on This Recording

Iolanta, Op. 69 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nina Grigorieva (Mezzo Soprano), Lev Kuznetsov (Tenor), Galiana Kalinina (Soprano),
Igor Morozov (Baritone), Artur Eisen (Bass), Vladimir Malchenko (),
Nina Larionova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ruben Vardanian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 

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 ANOTHER SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE. August 25, 2014 By Denton Moers (Houston, TX) See All My Reviews "It has been a real treat to see this opera. this is the next best thing to seeing a live performance of Iolanta. I find it exciting to have this; along with other Russian Opera dvds.------Denton Moers" Report Abuse
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