Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Starring Anna Netrebko, in Double Bill with Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle,Starring Nadja Michael Sunday on Great Performances at the Met
By: Ellis Nassour
Acclaimed Polish film director Mariusz Treliński made his Metropolitan Opera debut with this new production of one-acts which paired Tchaikovsky’s lyrical fairy tale Iolanta, about the psychological awakening of a blind princess, and Bartók’s harrowing Bluebeard’s Castle, inspired by classic 40s film noir. Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle will be telecast on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances at the Met Sunday at 12:30 P.M. Met bass baritone Eric Owens hosts.
Anna Netrebko stars as Iolanta, with Piotr Beczala and Aleksei Markov as rivals for her love. Nadja Michael sings Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, with Mikhail Petrenko as her mysterious and menacing husband. Valery Gergiev conducts the double bill, a co-production with Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera.
The New York Times noted of the production: "There were overwhelming passages in Mr. Gergiev’s account of this astonishing Bartok score, with its Expressionist angst and Debussy-like lushness. He brought out rustic, folkloric elements in the music that seemed fresh."
Gary Halvorson directs the telecast, with Jay David Sacks as music producer. The Met’s Peter Gelb is exec producer. Bill O’Donnell is producer and David Horn exec producer for Great Performances.
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