IOLANTA LIBRETTO PDF

All those variations relate to the two scenes in the opera. In the middle of the Act, after the scene where Vaudemont discovers that Iolanta is blind, the libretto. Iolanta, the blind daughter of the King of Provence, is telling her nurse, Martha, that she is full of some unknown longing. Iolanta’s friends, Brigitte and Laura. Title: Iolanta. Libretto. German; Contributor Names: Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich — (composer): Chaĭkovskiĭ, Modest Ilʹich, , (librettist): Schmidt.

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Iolanta, the blind daughter of the King of Provence, is telling her nurse, Martha, that she is full of some unknown longing. Iolanta’s friends, Brigitte and Laura, try to cheer her up by singing songs and bringing her flowers. Martha also tries to comfort Iolanta by singing her favorite lullaby.

This sends Iolanta to sleep. He informs the castle porter, Bertrand, that very soon the King will be arriving with a famous Physician who, it is hoped, will cure Iolanta’s blindness. The trumpets sound, announcing the arrival of the King.

The Iolantz explains that Iolanta has been betrothed from infancy to Robert, Duke of Burgundy, and is soon to marry him, but the Duke does not know that his future wife is blind. Indeed, Iolanta herself is totally unaware of her misfortune. Iolanta has been brought up by her father in this remote castle.

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IOLANTA – LIBRETTO

He surrounded her with loyal retainers and forbade them on pain of death to tell her the truth. Ibn-Hakia says that the only hope for Iolanta is to inform her of her disability and then, so long as she passionately wishes to recover her sight, she will do so.

They are impressed to find a beautiful garden in such a wild, remote spot.

They are, however, puzzled to see a notice which threatens with death anyone entering it without permission. Robert is downhearted for he is soon to be united in matrimony with some Iolanta whom he iolqnta never met, while his heart already belongs to another. A girl appears on the terrace. Hearing unfamiliar voices, the girl, who is in fact Iolanta, suggests to the strangers that they rest under the shade of the trees and hurries off to fetch them some wine. Robert does not trust the stranger and decides linretto leave.

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When Iolanta returns he tells her of the great impression she has made on him and asks her to iolwnta him a red rose in memory of their meeting. Iolanta hands him a rose, but it is a white one. He begins to suspect something is wrong with the girl.

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To make sure, he librteto a bunch of roses and asks Iolanta to tell him how many iolajta there are in the bunch. Iolanta explains that to count them she needs to touch each flower. He starts to describe to her the wonders of God’s world which she is destined never to see, but Iolanta argues that eyesight is not necessary to appreciate the beauty of the world.

Iolanta remains indifferent to the idea which makes the Physician lose all hope.

Iolanta (Original edition) (1891)

Iolanta then begs the Physician to cure her. A fanfare of trumpets announces the arrival of the Duke of Burgundy who, with a group of armed knights, is hurrying to the rescue of his friend.

Shouts of joy are heard, and Iolanta, who has recovered her sight, appears at the castle door. Everyone gives passionate thanks to God for her recovery.

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