Calling all opera fanatics: As the third and final part of a series of performances that has brought the biggest divas in the world of opera to Barcelona, Anna Netrebko—one of the biggest voices of the moment—will star in Iolanta on January 10th and 13th at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Iolanta (Saint Petersburg, 1892) is a delicately refined opera set in medieval times. The Princess Iolanta has been born blind and her father has surrounded her by persons who conceal from her the existence of sight to spare her the pain of knowing she cannot see. A doctor from the east claims to be able to cure her but his remedy will work only if she is aware of her true situation. Her over-protective father refuses. Then a knight arrives. He realizes Iolanta is blind, falls in love with her, explains to her what light and colours are, and says he wants to marry her. Her father's fury gives way to general rejoicing when the remedy restores her sight.
This visit from the Mariinsky Theatre's resident company provides an excellent opportunity to discover this exquisite score by Tchaikovsky, a rare historical treasure of Slav opera, seldom performed in western opera houses.
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Note: The performance by Elina Garancs, scheduled for January 11th at the Palau de la Música, has been cancelled.