Matinee broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 7, with a double bill: Iolanta by Peter Illych Tchaikovsky and Bluebeard's Castle by Bela Bartók. The broadcast will run approximately three hours and forty minutes.
On the heels of her triumphant Met performances as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double performance, featuring an enchanting fairy tale followed by an erotic psychological thriller. Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala. Maestro Valery Gargiev conducts both works in a co-production of The Metropolitan Opera and Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera.