Opéra de Paris

Iolanta/The Nutcracker

In Cinemas 20, 21, 22 & 25 May 2016
Alain Altinoglu
Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris
Sonya Yoncheva, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Vito Priante, Stéphane Bullion, Alice Renavand, Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dmitri Tcherniakov
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Édouard Lock, Arthur Pita
Set Design
Dmitri Tcherniakov
4h13, incl 2 intermissions
Sung in Russian, with English subtitles
Captured live from the Palais Garnier, Paris 17 Mar 2016
Beautifully conceived, intellectually stimulating, emotionally suggestive and notable for the extraordinary Iolanta sung by the young soprano Sonya Yoncheva. The spectacle is riveting.
Zachary Woolfe, THE NEW YORK TIMES

New Production! Directed for the stage by Dmitri Tcherniakov (who also staged La Scala's La Traviata presented earlier this season), and conducted by Alain Altinoglu, this exceptional programme of two works by Tchaikovsky combines all the talents of the Paris Opera (Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet). 

Tchaikovsky, the composer of both works, originally intended Iolanta and The Nutcracker to be staged together. However, since their debut performance at Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892, they have been presented separately.

For the lyric, one-act opera Iolanta, the composer found in Danish playwright Henrik Hertz’s work recounting the romantic story of Iolanta (brilliant Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva), the blind daughter of King René (Alexander Tsymbalyuk). Protected by her father in his Provençal château, the princess ultimately regains her sight before marrying the gallant knight Vaudémont (Arnold Rutkowski).

The Nutcracker is based on a tale by Hoffmann adapted by Alexandre Dumas. This “fairy-tale ballet” recounts the adventures of young Clara one Christmas night, during which the nutcracker she has been given leads her into a magical world. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Edouard Lock and Arthur Pita are the three choreographers invited to devise the choreography.

Please note: the original billing for this production listed five choreographers. The current billing is correct as of 8 March, 2016.

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