This the second instalment in our series of double bill programme, staged every other year with the aim of further expanding our repertory. This is also the second in our Russian opera series. Based on the Hans Christian ANDERSEN fairy tale, Le Rossignol is a fantasy opera by Igor STRAVINSKY, known for The Firebird, Petrouchka and The Rite of Spring. Iolanta is the final opera composed by Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY. This one-act opera was written to be performed with The Nutcracker. Telling a poetic story of a blind girl who has her eyes opened to love and hope, the work is a true treasure from TCHAIKOVSKY's final years. This double bill is of short romantic works that use allegorical stories based on fairy tales and legends to portray the interaction between innocent characters and lost hearts, all set to lyrical music.
The production will be directed by the multiple-award-winning set designer and director Yannis KOKKOS, who has worked at the best houses in the world. Conducting will be TAKASEKI Ken, who has a great reputation for 20th-century's music.
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