Tchaikovsky Iolanta and Stravinsky Perséphone


This title has two shorter operas, both directed by Peter Sellers and connected by the same stage setting at Teatro Real:

  1. Tchaikovsky Iolanta opera to a libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky. Stars Ekaterina Scherbachenko, Alexej Markov, Pavel Cernoch, Dmitry Ulianov, Willard White, Vasily Efimov, Pavel Kudinov, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Irina Churilova, and Letitia Singleton. Sung in Russian.
  2. Stravinsky Perséphone to a libretto by André Gide. Stars Dominique Blanc, Paul Groves, the Cambodian dance group Amrita, and the Pequeños Cantores chorus. Sung in French.

For both productions: Teodor Currentzis conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real; set designs by George Tsypin; costume design by Martin Pakledinaz & Helen Siebrits; lighting design by James F. Ingalls. Released 2012, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Update on 2014-06-18 by Henry McFadyen Jr.

In the June 2014 Gramophone (pages 102-103), Richard Lawrence wrote an article on recordings (in all formats) of one-act operas. Lawrence praises subject title Iolanta Blu-ray as the third best one-act opera recording that he knows of.