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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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.

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Indeed, Iolanta herself is totally unaware of her misfortune. They are, however, puzzled to see a notice which threatens with death anyone entering it without permission. This set was produced by Philips Classics Productions. Can one see a roar of a distant thunder, Or a trill of a nightingale, Jingling of a bell, Your voice, your words?

No one has ever told her nor does she know that she is a princess. I do not know what is going on. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat Lebedev Studio Site info. I have noticed however variations in the libretto lines from one performer to another.


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The Performer Mariinsky Theatre Retrieved from ” https: The king refuses the treatment, fearing for Iolanta’s happiness if the cure should fail after she has learned what she is missing. Her attendants bring flowers and sing to her. No, knight, I do not need light To know the beauty of the Universe. A splendid gift from the eternal nature A priceless and sacred gift. The nature stays the same Even if the world is shrouded in Darkness.

I would have wanted to see the Librstto, To see a bright light on the Earth. Iolanta has been brought up by her father in this remote castle. Composed after the completion of The Queen of SpadesTchaikovsky worried that he had lost his creative inspiration after such a large project.

Yes, it is a gift from the eternal lihretto, A priceless and sacred gift. Can one see a roar of thunder in the sky, Or trills of a nightingale, Or aroma of a flower, Or your voice, or your words? The beauty is revealed to us In a hot day, in night breeze, In sounds of morning songs, In aroma of flowers. Your girlish and shapely figure, Lovely image and features.

Ibn-Hakia and Iolanta return. Or a sweet purl of rapid waters In a sandy river? Each of then reflects uniquely the individuality of the performers and delivers a very satisfying experience.


Iolanta, the blind daughter of the King of Provence, is telling her nurse, Martha, that she is full of some unknown longing. Your words are so sweet.

Iolanta (Original edition) (1891)

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Vaudemont To embrace shining light. Yes, you do not need light To discover the beauty of the Universe.

Vaudemont Yes, it is true. A splendid gift of the eternal nature, A priceless and sacred gift! Ibn-Hakia points out that the lack of will proves that, without inner iolanra, change cannot take place. Iilanta lives in a beautiful enclosed garden on the king’s estate, secluded from the world, in the care of Bertrand and Martha.

All those variations relate to the two scenes in the opera.


When Iolanta returns he tells her of the great impression she has made on him and asks her to pick him a red rose in memory of their meeting. Knight I do not need light To give eternal praises to God.

They fall in love, after he explains light and color to her.