Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Maid of Orléans

  • Opera in Four ActsI
  • Premiere: 18. 1. 2020 I
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18 January 2020 19:30 SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana Notice Dirigent: Simon Krečič

Nuška Drašček Rojko
David Jagodic k. g.
Urška Arlič Gololičič
Jiři Rajniš k. g.
Ivan Andres Arnšek
Robert Vrčon
Dejan Maksimilijan Vrbančič
Janko Volčanšek k. g.
Polona Kante Pavlin
Rok Bavčar
Robert Brezovar
Anton Habjan
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21 January 2020 19:30 SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana Notice Dirigentka: Mojca Lavrenčič

Jelena Končar k. g.
Zoran Potočan
Andrej Debevec
Edvard Strah
Lucas Somoza Osterc
Maja Krevs k. g.
Jiři Rajniš k. g.
Luka Ortar k. g.
Amina Natalija Bašić
Rok Bavčar
Anton Habjan
Robert Brezovar
23 January 2020 19:30 SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana Notice Dirigent: Simon Krečič

Nuška Drašček Rojko
Janko Volčanšek k. g.
Dejan Maksimilijan Vrbančič
David Jagodic k. g.
Ivan Andres Arnšek
Urška Arlič Gololičič
Jiři Rajniš k. g.
Robert Vrčon
Polona Kante Pavlin
Rok Bavčar
Robert Brezovar
Anton Habjan
24 January 2020 18:00 SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana Notice Dirigent: Simon Krečič

Jelena Končar k. g.
Zoran Potočan
Andrej Debevec
David Jagodic k. g.
Lucas Somoza Osterc
Maja Krevs k. g.
Darko Vidic k. g.
Luka Ortar k. g.
Amina Natalija Bašić
Tilen Udovič
Anton Habjan
Robert Brezovar
25 January 2020 19:30 SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana Notice Dirigent: Simon Krečič

Nuška Drašček Rojko
Janko Volčanšek k. g.
Dejan Maksimilijan Vrbančič
Edvard Strah
Ivan Andres Arnšek
Urška Arlič Gololičič
Jiři Rajniš k. g.
Robert Vrčon
Polona Kante Pavlin
Rok Bavčar
Robert Brezovar
Anton Habjan
4 February 2020 19:30 SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana Notice Dirigent: Simon Krečič

Jelena Končar k. g.
Zoran Potočan
Andrej Debevec
Jure Kušar
Lucas Somoza Osterc k. g.
Maja Krevs k. g.
Darko Vidic k. g.
Luka Ortar k. g.
Amina Natalija Bašić
Tilen Udovič k. g.
Anton Habjan
Robert Brezovar

“Even if this opera is not accepted as an artwork, it will be for me,” wrote Pyotr Ilyich in a letter to his brother Modest. The original operatic creation The Maid of Orléans (1881, St. Petersburg), written in the style of grand French opera, is the composer's fifth operatic piece and at the same time the first one, premiered outside his native land – in Prague, in 1882. In it, the pseudo-historical background of the story, depicting the fate of the French heroine from the 15th century, is intertwined with a mixture of magnificent luxury and melodramatic passages. The score, conceived for a typical romantic orchestra, as well as the combination of French and German style and modern Russian concert music, also mirrors the composer's vision that the music of the operatic piece should resonate with the wider public. The libretto draws on the source material from the eponymous dramatic text, written by Friedrich Schiller in 1801 as well as on many other sources in the world of art and biographical works. Joan of Arc, who led French troops to victory over England and freed the inhabitants of Orléans during the Hundred Years' War, consequently also contributed to the fact that Charles VII became king of France. Tchaikovsky conceived the tale of the extraordinary woman by upgrading her heroic personality with complex psychological contradictions. In spite of her tragic end, which due to the heroine's world view and many other circumstances became an inevitable fact, the power of her spirit, courage and conviction can serve as great inspiration for all mankind even today.

The performance will be directed by Frank Van Laecke who has already directed on our stage two successful performances Kat'a Kabanova and Lucia di Lammermoor, whereas its music direction will be entrusted to Simon Krečič.

Text: Tatjana Ažman