IOLANTA – Galina KALININA RENE - Artour EIZEN VODEMON – L.KOUZNETSOV ROBERT – I.MOROZOV EBN-KHAKIA – V.MALTCHENKO MARTA – N.GRIGORIEVA BRIGITTA – N.LARIONOVA LAURA – G.KOROLEVA ALMERIK – O.BIKTIMIROV BERTRAN – V.IAROSLAVTSEV
The action of Iolanta takes place in the mountains of the south of France, during the XV° century. Iolanta is the blind daughter of king Rene. She is promised in marriage to Robert, the Duke of Burgundy. To try to cure his daughter, the king calls for a doctor from overseas: Ibn-Hakia, greatest of the doctors.
The Duke, accompanied by his faithful Vaudémont, goes to the meeting of the king to break his engagement, because he is in love with another woman, Mathilde and this action could provoke a war. Fortunately, Iolanta will recover her sight and peace will be saved. Splendid staging, sumptuous decorations and dazzling distribution emphasize this marvellous tale, this universal fable which proves that far from being blind, love makes miracles.
Piotr Tchaïkovski was born on May 7, 1840, in the Ural in Russia. His father was a mining engineer and director. His mother was a woman of a great beauty, but suffered from psychological instability. At the age of 5, he receives his first piano lessons. Impassioned by the music, he begins to study composition with Anton Rubinstein. He enrolls in the conservatory, and gives up a career in law. In June 1854, his mother dies of cholera. In 1865, the Conservatory of Moscow invites Tchaïkovski to teach harmony. It isn’t until 1869 that the career of Tchaïkovski really takes off. In 1876, he corresponds with the very rich Madam Von Meck. This correspondence will be transformed into epistolary love. Madam Von Meck supports Tchaïkovski until the discovery of his homosexuality. Starting in 1880, Tchaïkovski goes regularly to Italy and stays long periods in Florence at a property of Mrs. Von Meck. He there composes several works including the opera, The Queen of Spades. In 1885, he acquires a country house, realizing one of his most precious dreams. November 6 1893, like his mother, Tchaikovski dies of cholera.
He leaves us immortal works, including: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Eugene Onéguine, Mazeppa, The Queen of Spades and Iolanta.