Yoncheva to sing nude opera

Yoncheva to sing nude opera


norman lebrecht

March 08, 2016

This summer’s Montepellier Festival features an infrequent outing for Mascagni’s dubious opera, Iris, in which the heroine has a Freudian dream of getting molested by an octopus and ultimately gets stripped naked on a public balcony by a brothel keeper.

Not a happy ending.

Sonya Yoncheva stars.

iris mascagni


  • Eddie Mars says:

    No stranger than an Omniscient Sea-Shell, after all 😉

  • Paolo V Montanari says:

    Well, it’s not a dream. More of a childhood trauma. Iris tells that when she was a child she saw in a temple a picture painted on a screen depicting a girl on a seashore being “molested” and killed by an octopus (a reference to the famous erotic print by Hokusai “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_of_the_Fisherman%27s_Wife?wprov=sfla1) A monk explained to her that the octopus represented Pleasure, which leads to death.

  • Malaika says:

    Since it is only a concert version of the opera we will hardly see any nudity on stage

  • Malaika says:

    Interesting that Yoncheva’s brother, Marin Yonchev, a famous Bulgarian rock singer. has also a part, and of course the conductor Domingo Hindoyan is Yoncheva’s husband.


    She should kick the monster in the tentacles. That should do it!