Anna Netrebko performs Iolanta, title role of one of Tchaikovsky’s most passionate, evocative scores and one of opera’s most enigmatic figures.
She has made this character her own and has dedicated herself to championing this under-appreciated work. Acclaimed performances in Baden-Baden and Salzburg have opened the eyes of critics and opera fans to Iolanta’s captivating blend of romance and mysticism.
Set in 15th Century France, the piece tells the story of Iolanta, the blind daughter of King Rene, who, through a dramatic trial of love and faith, achieves not only sight but spiritual transcendence.
In this live recording, maestro Emmanuel Villaume, with whom Netrebko collaborated on the successful “Souvenirs” album, leads a stellar cast comprising a number of Russia’s biggest opera stars (Markov, Skorokhodov, Kowaljow). The hand-picked company of supporting artists makes in this a significant
addition to Netrebko’s discography and an artistically valuable addition to the DG catalogue.