Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.
- Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
- Additional choreography
- Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton
- Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
- John Macfarlane
- Lighting designer
- David Finn
- Koen Kessels
- Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Cast sheets will be available here soon.
To find out more visit the Swan Lake production page.