Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake at Royal Opera House


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Ask most people to name a ballet, and Swan Lake will doubtless be near the top of the list. There's a reason it has endured-as well as boasting a score by Tchaikovsky, it also tells the timeless tale of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with the beautiful Swan Queen, Odette. The fable's soaring climax, which sees the power of true love conquer the forces of evil, has been enchanting audiences for over a century. Now, the Moscow City Ballet is bringing Britain its take on the classic. They certainly have the credentials to tackle it. The company was formed in 1988 by distinguished Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov. Once a highly acclaimed ex soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet, he's now on a mission to bring his heritage of classical ballet in the Moscow style to audiences including young ballet-goers. With suitably opulent costumes and sets, this production should be a welcome reminder of why Sawn Lake captured our imaginations in the first place.

Natalia Ryzhenko

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Royal Opera House

Covent Garden
+44 (0)20 7240 1200
Public transport:
Tube: Covent Garden/Holborn

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