Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Swan Lake. It was last on stage 29 July—15 August 2013.
In Swan Lake, the love of Prince Siegfried and his Swan Queen (Odette) is imperiled by sinister, supernatural forces. The magic and drama of this timeless story unfold in a memorable production by renowned choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, who was artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet for over thirty years. The exquisite choreography is set to a passionate score by Tchaikovsky.
News and features
30 July 2013
A spotlight on releases from one of the world's premiere ballet companies, available in the ROH Shop.
30 July 2013
Audience tweets about the opening performance of the Russian company's summer residency, Yuri Grigorovich's Swan Lake.
29 July 2013
A look back at the history of Moscow’s great ballet company and its relationship with Covent Garden.
Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое озеро/Lebedinoye ozero), Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. The scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.