Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra

Iolanta is Tchaikovsky's last opera, in one act in its original form. Presented in 1892, the piece is made unique in the 19th-century history of the genre by a dramatic concept and choice of subject which make it open to both symbolist-metaphorical and psychoanalytical interpretations. Valery Gergiev has already conquered Barcelona and Hamburg with the concert performance of the opera, which at the New York Metropolitan Opera he presented alongside Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle.

Irina Churilova, the young soprano in the title role, took part at several international competitions between 2008-2014, with great success (as in Toulouse, Verona, and Düsseldorf). She made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013, singing the female lead of Gounod's Faust. She is now the prima donna of the company, singing in fifteen productions, including such leads as Tatyana (Onegin), Liza (Queen of Spades), Aida, Leonora (Il trovatore), and Mimì (La bohème).

Program and cast

René, King of Provence: Stanislav Trofimov
Iolanta, his daughter: Irina Churilova
Robert, Duke of Burgundy: Alexei Markov
Count Vaudémont, a Burgundian knight: Najmiddin Mavlyanov
Ibn-Hakia, a Moorish physician: Roman Burdenko
Almerich, armour-bearer to King René: Andrei Zorin
Bertrand, doorkeeper: Yuri Vorobiev
Marta, Bertrand's wife, Iolanta's nursemaid: Natalya Evstafieva
Brigitta, Iolanta's friend: Kira Loginova
Laura, Iolanta's friend: Yekaterina Sergeyeva

Featuring: the Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)


Tchaikovsky: Iolanta - concert performance

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April 2019

Palace of Arts

The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.


Both the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.

The structure of the Palace of Arts covers a ground area of 10,000 m² and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m². It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.

The general manager is Csaba Kael.


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Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features variable acoustics. The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated in 2006 by Xaver Varnus, has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ named Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples was developed in 2008.


Ludwig Museum.  This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso("Musketeer With Sword"),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters;Imre Bukta("Officers at Pig Feast").Laszlo Feher,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by;Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz.

Festival Theatre.  The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

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