“Iolanta” is the last opera by Tchaikovsky. In 1884, the composer read the translation of the one-act drama in the verses of the Danish writer Henryk Hertz (1798-1870), “The daughter of King Rene” (1845) and was captivated by the originality and poetry of the plot.
At that time, Pyotr Ilyich worked on other works, and only in 1891 did he begin to compose “Iolanta.” The opera premiered on December 18, 1892 at the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater.
The touching story of a blind girl, shed thanks to love, has a deeper meaning. The eternal darkness in which the daughter of King Rene, unsuspecting of her misfortune, lives serene and calm, is a symbol of mental blindness. Only love ignites the passionate desire to see the world in Iolanta’s heart, gives rise to a willingness to sacrifice herself and the courage to endure torment, at the cost of which she will be able to see clearly. Continue reading
More than 170 years have passed since the birth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Hundreds of books have been written about the great composer, published in different languages around the world. It would seem that all or almost everything is known about the life and work of the composer, and his musical style and innovation have been investigated to the last note. The life of the great composer was filled with many interesting facts. He was always accompanied by a train of gossip and rumors, intensified after death.
Oh that music!
He was born on May 7, 1840 in the factory village of Votkinsk in Udmurtia. Tchaikovsky’s father was a respectable man, he served as the head of the plant in the Urals and maintained a significant family. Yes, and fed poor relatives. Peter, at home Pierre, Petrusha, grew quiet and tearful. Only very close people, like the governess and the teacher Fani, could notice in him something unusual, stormy fantasy, hidden inner passions in this “glass boy”. Music wounded his heart at the age of five, although it was not a live performance, but a fashionable little thing, a mechanical organ that played several tunes. Continue reading
This opera singer considered Mephistopheles’s part in the opera Faust by Charles Gounod to be his favorite, and therefore his nickname appeared consonant – Myth. But the life of Vasily Slipak lived, albeit short, but as heroic as mythological characters. He gave the audience a rare and exceptional singing art. He was considered a real vocal miracle, and many teachers simply dreamed of working with Vasily in his class.
Vasily Slipak was an extremely gifted opera singer; he possessed a subtle and limitless voice vibrato that drove the audience crazy. It was impossible to understand how such a powerful voice fits in such a slender and young performer. Famous teachers did not even want to classify his voice, calling it unique. In his forties, Vasily Slipak was an opera singer known throughout Europe, performed leading roles in many productions, had tremendous prospects, but when the war broke out in his homeland, he could not stay away … Continue reading