Iolanta & The Nutcraker – ONP


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A special production of two works by Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Iolanta and Casse-Noisette, presented as a double bill as they were for their original première in 1892, will bring together all the artistic forces of the Paris Opera (Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet) at the Palais Garnier. In collaboration with stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov and conductor Alain Altinoglu, 5 choreographers will each work on a specific passage of the ballet: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Edouard Lock, Benjamin Millepied, Arthur Pita and Liam Scarlett.

The role of Iolanta will be sung by Sonya Yoncheva and the Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet will perform Casse-Noisette. The mysterious, unwavering chant of the English horn, punctuated by notes from the bassoon and the clarinet, follows its chromatic descent over twenty bars as if plunging into an unknown world. A world where Iolanta has lived in seclusion since her birth. She is unwittingly blind, since no one has the right to reveal the fact to her. This simple tale of collective denial at the court of Provence as narrated by the Danish writer Henrik Hertz in his play King René’s Daughter, was discovered by Tchaikovsky in 1883. The Paris Opera is reviving the original diptych. Alain Altinoglu conducts and Dimitri Tcherniakov songs this production that symbolises the link between opera and ballet.

Pannonia Entertainment distributes this stunning performance  to cinemas across Hungary

Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Director: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Edouard Lock, Benjamin Millepied, Arthur Pita, Liam Scarlett
Cast: Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Sonya Yoncheva, Arnold Rutkowski, Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet

Opera in 1 act
Ballet in 2 acts

Total running time: Aprox. 190 minutes
Running time by act:
Iolanta 70 min
30 min intermission
The Nutcraker 155 min with 20 min intermission

Sung in: Russian

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