The Metropolitan Opera in New York on Thursday premiered a revamped double-bill production of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle,” directed by Poland’s Mariusz Treliński.
The production is a joint effort between the Metropolitan Opera and the National Opera in Warsaw, where the original version of the Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle pairing was first staged in 2013. Two years later, it premiered at the Met.
The sets for the revamped production are designed by the Slovak-born Polish artist Boris Kudlicka, who has worked with Treliński on many projects.
The costumes are by Marek Adamski, and the choreography is by Tomasz Jan Wygoda.
Performances are on February 1, 4, 9 and 14.
Treliński is the first Polish director to be invited by the Metropolitan.
He started his career as a filmmaker, graduating from the prestigious film school in the central Polish city of Łodź.
He has served as artistic director of the National Opera in Warsaw since 2008 and has developed a fine international career.
Treliński directed Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde for the opening of the 2016/2017 season at the Met.
Photo: Marty Sohl/Met OperaKultura