Natalie Calma

violinist | improviser

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Odyssey Opera: The Maid of Orléans, Tchaikovsky

  • NEC's Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough Street Boston, MA, 02115 United States (map)

The Maid of Orléans represents Tchaikovsky’s closest approach to French grand opera with its large-scale cast and orchestra. Presented in concert the opera tells the tale of Joan of Arc. While the composer’s libretto remains true to much of the Joan legend, including her visions, strength in battle and fiery martyrdom, this lush romantic work also tells the story of a conflicted Father who ultimately betrays her and of her love for Lionel, a Burgundian Knight. Tchaikovsky’s impassioned score creates a nuanced musical portrait of the intrepid young woman who led the French army to victory.