With its instantly recognizable music and a timeless story of good versus evil, Swan Lakeis the greatest of romantic ballets, featuring an evocative score from the prolific composer Tchaikovsky.
Swan Lake is a Russian classic, replete with haunting music and exquisite dance. This ballet has captured the imagination of many generations. Its fairy-tale mystery and romance continues to fascinate audiences worldwide.Read more View Testimonials Schedule
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Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write the music for the ballet Lake of Swans (its original name) in the spring of 1875.
Vladimir Begichev, a trustee of the Imperial Theatre in Moscow, invited the composer to write the score during a production of the Opera Guardsmen.
This was Tchaikovsy’s second attempt at ballet, his first having come to nothing. Once again, many of his colleagues were sceptical − at the time writing music for a ballet was not greatly rated, especially by young composers.
Our knowledge of the history of the ballet is based on research into letters, as well as the recollections of those involved in the production at the time. In the summer of 1875, Tchaikovsy mentioned in a letter that he had taken this commission for two reasons − lack of money and a desire to try his hand at this genre. The Moscow theatre offered him 800 roubles, a considerable sum at the time.Read more
On Prince Siegfried’s birthday a glittering party is given in the castle gardens. The lively jester entertains the guests who raise their glasses in honour of the Prince. There ensues much dancing during the boisterous celebrations.
Prince Siegfried’s mother appears at the castle. Siegfried greets her and respectfully welcomes her. His mother reminds him that there will be a ball on the following day and it is time for him to choose a bride from among the invited young women. She presents him with a gift and leaves the party. Siegfried is downcast. He is not in love with any of the eligible young women his mother has in mind for him and has no wish to lose his freedom just yet. To forget his troubles, he decides to go hunting after the guests leave the castle. Alone in the forest, Siegfried sees white swans flying high in the sky. He takes his crossbow and follows them to the lake, unaware that he is being stalked by the evil sorcerer Rothbart.Read more