opera notebook

some operas I have seen on video

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Iolanta (1892)
Teatro Real, Madrid, 2012

Stark lighting design, sexualized staging, minimalist sets, and the interpolation of the Cherubic Hymn from Tchaikovsky's Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom make the fairy tale of Iolanta into quite a fraught proposition.