The Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra: An Evening of Tchaikovsky Operas in Concert
Thursday, March 4, 2010,
Led by Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra with special guest Anna Netrebko presents an evening of scenes in concert devoted to the best-known operas by Tchaikovsky, including The Queen of Spades, Mazeppa, and Iolanta.
An Evening of Tchaikovsky Operas in Concert with Special Guest Anna Netrebko
Conducted by Artistic Director Valery Gergiev, the company sings scenes in concert from three of Tchaikovsky's operas.
The final opera Tchaikovsky composed, Iolanta, takes its story from a once-popular play by Danish writer Henrik Hertz. Called a "triumph" by the Moscow Times, it tells of a princess, who is blind from birth, kept secluded from the world--unaware of her handicap--by order of her father the king. A knight encounters Iolanta by chance, discloses to her that she is blind, and awakens in her the sensation of love. With love at her command, Iolanta miraculously gains the gift of sight. PRINCIPAL CASTING Iolanta: Anna Netrebko Robert: Alexey Markov Count Vaudémont: Sergey Skorokhodov
His masterpiece The Queen of Spades (or Pique Dame), is based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin. Herman, an army officer, falls in love with Lisa, the granddaughter of the Countess, who is said to know the "secret of the three cards," a winning hand at the game of Faro. Learning the secret through devious means ends up costing Herman his possessions, his lover, and ultimately his own life. The UK's Telegraph hails Gergiev for the way he conducts his "fabulous orchestra" and praises the chorus as "stunning." PRINCIPAL CASTING - ACT II Tableau Scene Lisa as Prilepa: Irina Mataeva Tomsky as Zlatogor: Edem Umerov Pauline as Milovzor: Zlata Bulycheva
Mazeppa is based on an epic poem by Pushkin on the life of an 18th-century Ukrainian warlord. In order to liberate his homeland, the septuagenarian Mazeppa plots against his patron, Tsar Peter the Great, and wins the love of young Maria--only to lose everything when his political machinations backfire. The New York Times lauds the opera as "thoroughly compelling [with] ingenious music." PRINCIPAL CASTING Mazeppa: Edem Umerov Maria: Victoria Yastrebova Lyubov: Elena Vitman Kochubey: Mikhail Kit Iskra: Dmitri Voropaev Drunk Cossack: Nikolay Gassiev
Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.