Helen Crawford in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Alice Pennefather, 2012
Roberta Marquez as Odile and Steven McRae as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011
Artists of The Royal Ballet in the Czardas dance in Swan Lake, Act III © ROH 2011
Philip Mosley and dancers from The Royal Ballet School in Swan Lake, Act I © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake. © ROH/Alice Pennefather 2012
Liam Scarlett and Emma Maguire in the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Act III © ROH 2011
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake, Act II © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Kenta Kura in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011
Artists of The Royal Ballet in the Czardas dance in Swan Lake, Act III © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Iohna Loots, Kenta Kura and Emma Maguire in the pas de trios in Swan Lake, Act I © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
The Royal Ballet
10 February—9 April 2015
Anthony Dowell's production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.
When to see it
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly captivated and determines to break the spell that holds her captive.
Read more… (Contains spoilers) Background
Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace.
Anthony Dowell's glorious interpretation uses classical choreography created by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa for the ballet's revised 1895 version. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Peter Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.
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24 October 2012
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22 October 2012
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11 October 2012
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9 October 2012
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Clore Studio Upstairs for an exciting introduction led by an expert, which will ensure you get the most out of watching the production.
19 February 6.30pm
19 March 6.30pm
9 April 6.30pm Thanks to
Generous philanthropic support from
Celia Blakey, Doug and Ceri King, and Peter Lloyd. Original Production (1987) and revival (2000) supported by The Linbury Trust.
How to support the Royal Opera House Please note
There will be cameras filming in the auditorium on the 13 and 17 March. Seats with a partially restricted view, due to cameras, may be available at a discounted price. For more information, ring the Box Office on +44(0)20 7304 4000.
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