Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) / Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

Iolanta / Persephone


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) / Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) Iolanta / Persephone


Musical directionTeodor Currentzis
Stage directionPeter Sellars
Stage designGeorge Tsypin
Costumes designMartin Pakledinaz, Helene Siebrits
LightJames F. Ingalls
Orchestra, Chorus and ChoirOpéra national de Lyon
DancersAmrita Performing Arts, Cambodia


Opera in one act
Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky after the play King René's Daughter by Henryck Hertz
First premiered on 18 December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg

IolantaEkaterina Scherbachenko
RenéDmitry Ulianov
RobertMaxim Aniskin
VaudémontArnold Rutkowski
Ibn-HakiaWillard White
AlméricVasily Efimov
BertrandPavel Kudinov
MartaDiana Montague
BrigitaMaria Bochmanova
LauraKarina Demurova


Melodrama in three scenes
Poem by André Gide
First premiered on 30 April 1934 at the Opéra national de Paris

PersephoneDominique Blanc
EumolpePaul Groves

Production / Coproduction
Production of the Teatro Real Madrid

Between Iolanta and Persephone, between Tchaikovsky’s tormented soul and Stravinsky’s shrewd virtuosity, there is a secret kinship. That is Peter Sellar’s intuition at least, who will be directing both plays for a double-bill performance. Tchaikovsky’s single act opera, with its poignant shimmering music, tells the story of King René’s blind daughter who is held secluded, far away from the world of men, and how she is eventually cured by the love a young knight. Stravinsky’s melodrama, based on a text by André Gide, dramatises how Demeter’s daughter is confronted with despair in Hades’ underworld until she discovers compassion. After the stylised and grand tableaux that he conceived for Romantic opera, Peter Sellars has created a production unlike any other, where Cambodian dancers will perform, eliciting both trance and revelation.

book online  >



On 5, 11, 14, 17 and 20 July 2015 at 7pm


Prices: 250€, 165€, 115€, 55€, 30€, 15€ (restricted view to no visibility)

Youth price: 15€

Discovery price for children for every performances except on the premiere

Performance available within the Premium and Prestige offers and package offers

More prices details
More information on the packages

3h10 without interval

Performance in Russian and French with French surtitles

The Festival is supported by
Official sponsor
Major sponsor
donate now Blog goodies