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Iolanta / Persephone

Release Date: 30.10.2012
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Tchaikovsky Iolanta & Stravinsky Persephone

2012 Teatro Real, Madrid

Dmitry Ulyanov as King Rene

Set Designer – George Tsypin

Costume Designers – Martin Pakledinaz & Helen Siebrits

Lighting Designer – James F. Ingalls

Iolanta is a one act lyric opera, sung in Russian, by Tchaikovsky. Performed in the style of a nineteenth-century Italian melodrama, the scenes have a recitative introduction followed by a single arioso, aria, duet or chorus.

Persephone is a three act melodrama, sung in French, by Stravinsky. It is a story of regeneration, symbolised in Sellars use of dancers from the Cambodian dance company, Amrita Performing Arts.

Peter Sellars, one of the most innovative creators on today’s stage, has linked these two productions by using the same stage setting, instantly archaic yet modern, and lit by rich colours to define the journey from darkness to light.

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Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Iolanta), Alexej Markov (Robert), Pavel Cernoch (Vaudémont), Dmitry Ulianov (King René), Willard White (Ibn-Hakia), Vasily Efimov (Alméric), Pavel Kudinov (Bertrand), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Marta), Irina Churilova (Brigita) & Letitia Singleton (Irina Churilova), Dominique Blanc (Persephone) & Paul Groves (Eumolpe)

Amrita, Pequeños Cantores & Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Teodor Currentzis (Musical Director) & Peter Sellars (Stage Director)

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Album Review

Unanimously acclaimed, Peter Sellars' new production of these two masterpieces was one of the great highlights of Gerard Mortier's season at the Teatro Real. The orchestra and cast are lifted to rare heights of poetic expression under the daring and insightful baton of Teodor Currentzis.