Spotlight on Lake associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Iolanta”

***RECOMMENDED*** Before rushing out to purchase your tickets to see the annual holiday chestnut “The Nutcracker” ballet, you really should check out that composer’s other late career work which is making its long-overdue premiere in Chicago. Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky composed the opera “Iolanta” in 1892 but it has never graced a stage here. In fact, “Iolanta” wasn’t a part of the Metropolitan’s season until 2015, and it is scheduled to make a reappearance in January. This piece is especially meaningful for Chicago Opera Theater’s new Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, the Russian-American conductor who is making her podium debut with this delightful production. 3 SPOTLIGHTS

“Iolanta” runs through November 18.
The final remaining performance is Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 PM
The Studebaker Theater is located at 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Subscriptions to the 2018/2019 season of Chicago Opera Theater are on sale now for $95-$435. Single show tickets for “Iolanta” are on sale now at for $45-$145.
Running time is approximately 85 minutes with no intermission

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