Mavra / Iolanta

Opéra comique in one act / Lyric opera in one act

Composer Igor Strawinsky /Peter I. Tschaikowsky | New Production

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Musikalische Leitung
Alevtina Ioffe


Mirjam Mesak
Deren Mutter
Noa Beinart
Natalia Kutateladze
Wassili, ein Husar
Freddie De Tommaso


König René
Markus Suihkonen
Boris Prýgl
Long Long
Oğulcan Yılmaz
Caspar Singh
Oleg Davydov
Anaïs Mejías
Noa Beinart
Anna El-Khashem
Natalia Kutateladze
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Igor Stravinsky: Mavra

The young Parasha's mother is pleased, as she seems to be the perfect replacement for the cook that has just died. Mavra is happy with little wages and asks for little else. But why does she behave so strangely? Is she stealing from the distrustful mother, as she suspects, or do she and Parasha share a completely different secret at the end? 

Stravinsky's Opera is based on the verse poem The Little House in Kolomna by Alexander Pushkin and is a comedic love story built on travesty. The piece from Stravinsky's neo-classical period (the première was in Paris in 1922) nevertheless refers to Russian Romanticism, and even appears at times to let a little ragtime ring out.


Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta

Princess Iolanta's sadness is based on her intuition: By order of her father King René she is kept from knowing she has been blind from birth. Sequestered for the most part in a remote castle in Provence, she also knows nothing of her noble lineage – but senses that something is being kept from her. With the appearance of the Moorish doctor Ibn-Hakia and two knights with differing intentions, events that will change Iolanta's life on every level begin to happen.

Tchaikovsky's last opera premiered in Moscow in 1892 together with his ballet, The Nutcracker; the piece was first performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 1847, and has not been performed there since. Time for a comeback!

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Mirjam Mesak, geboren in Estland, erhielt ihre musikalische Ausbildung u. a. an der Guildhall School of Music and Drama und sammelte dort in hauseigenen Produktionen mit Partien wie Blanche (Dialogue of the Carmelites), Suzel (L’amico Fritz), Nedda (Pagliacci) und Norina (Don Pasquale) erste Bühnenerfahrungen. Die Partie der Eoa in Andrew Normans Oper A Trip to The Moon sang sie 2017 unter der Leitung von Sir Simon Rattle mit dem London Symphony Orchestra in der Barbican Hall. Gastauftritte führten sie an renommierte britische Konzerthäuser wie die Milton Court Concert Hall und die Wigmore Hall, wo sie sich vorwiegend dem Konzert- und Liedfach widmete. Ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 ist sie Mitglied des Opernstudios der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

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