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Jolanthe / Der Nussknacker


Iolanta / The Nutcracker - Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky

Lyric opera & fairy-tale ballet Ballet based on the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann

In Russian with german and english surtitles

Tchaikovsky’s opera “Iolanta” and his ballet “The Nutcracker” are enchanting, ambiguous and mysterious. Created as a double bill for the world premiere in 1892, the two compositions are now rarely performed together. The Salzburg State Theatre presents both works as a reunited entity in an extraordinary concept.

Iolanta’s blindness is a closely guarded secret; even Iolanta herself knows nothing about it. Her father, King René, has given orders that nobody is to make her aware of her condition. One day, Count Vaudémont gains access to her and breaks the King’s command, endangering his own life. But before Iolanta’s inner eyes, a fantastic world unfolds: There, young Marie has to surpass her fears to assist her beloved, the Nutcracker.

“Iolanta” and “The Nutcracker” are two sides of the same coin in Tchaikovsky’s oeuvre: Lyrically tender in the opera, dazzlingly playful in the ballet, the music permeates the score in richly faceted colours.
In the version of Thomas Mika and Reginaldo Oliveira, opera and ballet are closely intertwined and together make up a grand narrative.

April 15 - May 31, 2023
Salzburger Landestheater

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