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April 26, 2016

Iolanta is the inaugural opera of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 79

The work of Čajkovskij staged at Opera di Firenze from April 28th to May 5th and directed by Mariusz Treliński

Back the historic festival of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino which also this year includes big concerts of classical music and important opera.

After the concert on 24 April directed by the great conductor Zubin Mehta, took the stage on the eve of his 80th birthday (He performs them to be exact on April 29), officially part of the rich program of MMF and the opening opera of this 79th edition, is Iolanta, the last work by Pyotr Ilyich Čajkovskij, staged at Opera di Firenze from April 28 to May 5 in setting up the famous Polish director Mariusz Treliński. One of three prestigious opera on the program, along with Lo specchio magico (Magic Mirror) of Fabio Vacchi (world premiere) and Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten.

As highlighted by the artistic coordinator Pierangelo Conte "The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, strongly fascinated by the Russian music production and always ready to propose performances out from the usual circuits, proposes opening a work much more common abroad than in Italian theaters and in Florence by a director not so present in Italy, but absolute star of the world stage".

Mariusz Treliński propose a fascinating reading of the opera, transported by set designer Boris Kudlička in a room with open walls surrounded by a spooky forest: the Iolanta’s prison, daughter of King René, who does not know to be blind because his father, to protect her from the pain of this lack, locks her in a castle ordering the people never to do any reference to the sense of sight.
To change the world of Iolanta, the young knight Vaudemont who manages to sneak into his chambers and that reveals the miracle of sight and the joy of love.

A pattern that lends itself to a variety of psychological twists and disturbing questions deftly handled by directing and set design suggested.

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