One of the most lyrical and poetic works by P.I. Tchaikovsky
The libretto created by Modest Tchaikovsky was based on the play by the Danish poet and playwright H. Hertz King René’s Daughter.
Iolanta, blind from birth daughter of the King of Provence, is not aware of her misfortune, but the young knight, whom she falls in love with, reveals the awful truth to her. Iolanta’s desire to see the world is intensified by the threat of the king to execute the knight, if the physician’s attempt to restore her eyesight fails. The character of Iolanta stands out for its lyrical beauty even among the other female characters created by the composer, reminding us of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin.
The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of the few theaters that offer the wonder opera to its audience.