Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky From the Aix-en-Provence Festival

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tchaikovsky's one-act opera 'Iolanta' from the 2015 Aix-en-Provence Festival. Tchaikovsky's one-act opera 'Iolanta' from the 2015 Aix-en-Provence Festival. (Pascal Victor/ArtComArt)

When we hear the names of certain composers, we immediately think of opera: Verdi, Rossini and Donizetti quickly come to mind. Yet there are other great composers who wrote plenty of operas — good ones — who are seldom thought of as opera composers. The two Russian masters whose work features here fall into that latter category.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Tchaikovsky's fanciful one-act opera "Iolanta," and Stravinsky's uniquely evocative melodrama "Persephone," in a double bill from the Grand Theatre of Provence, as part of the 2015 Aix-en-Provence Festival. The stars include soprano Ekaterina Shebachenko and tenor Paul Groves, in a production led by conductor Teodor Currentzis.


In "Iolanta":
Iolanta: Ekaterina Sherbachenko (soprano)
King René: Dmitry Ulianov (bass)
Vaudémont: Arnold Rutkowski (tenor)
Duke Robert: Maxim Aniskin (baritone)
Ibn-Hakia: Willard White (baritone)
Alméric: Vasily Efimov (tenor)
Bertrand: Pavel Kudinov (bass)
Martha: Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)
Brigitta: Maria Bochmanova (soprano)
Laura: Karina Demurova (mezzo-soprano)

In "Perséphone":
Persephone: Dominique Blanc (speaking role)
Eumolpus: Paul Groves (tenor)

Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Teodor Currentzis, conductor

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