Here’s a snippet of what I wrote about the Theater an der Wien’s new production of Iolanta/Francesca da Rimini:
Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini work particularly well as a double bill because both works share the theme of lovers who find themselves at the mercy of possessive forces. Iolanta's domineering father ultimately yields in Tchaikovsky's opera, but in Rachmaninov's the deceitful Lanceotto is not so accommodating. In the Theater an der Wien’s new production the emphasis is on storytelling, which director Stephen Lawless does effectively in a straightforward staging of Iolanta and a not unexpected updating of Francesca.
Click through to Bachtrack for more. As Lawless confirms in his dramaturgical note, his Francesca da Rimini was rather predictably inspired by The Lives of Others. For more photos, follow the jump.
Image credit: Armin Bardel