19 December 2015
In his operatic masterpiece, Tchaikovsky shows a real affinity for his characters, with musical intricacies revealing the depth of his characterization.
11 December 2015
Look closer at this masterpiece and you'll see an entirely new kind of opera, one which rails against the societal conventions its composer loathed.
3 December 2015
Peter Wright’s magical choreography brings to life a swirl of beautiful snowflakes.
23 November 2015
The acclaimed Russian conductor explores his personal response to this great Russian opera, one of his ‘first operatic loves’.
26 October 2015
The entire short work is a highlight in George Balanchine’s exuberant and demanding pas de deux, set to rediscovered music by Tchaikovsky.
30 April 2015
From Tetris and Mario Bros. to Call of Duty and Bioshock, videogames have long used classical music to soundtrack on-screen adventures.
19 February 2015
The exact authors of Swan Lake are unknown – but the ballet shows the influence of a variety of different fairytales.
2 February 2015
Our quick guide to Tchaikovsky’s soaring ballet masterpiece.
24 December 2014
Ballet choreographers have long loved to craft swirling floral patterns for the corps de ballet, set to a waltz's gentle lilt.
25 November 2014
Much more than just a bit of local colour, national dances were key to the development of ballet throughout the 19th century.