Photo Valentin Baranovsky
Photo Natasha Razina
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Monday 24 July-Saturday 12 August 2017
24,25,26 July and 5 August at 7.30pm
5 August at 2pm
The season opens with the Mariinsky Ballet's sparkling
production of Petipa and Gorsky’s exuberant classic,
Don Quixote. Set in romantic Spain, the plot unfolds as the love between Kitri and Basil is challenged by the fruitless attempts
of Kitri's father to engineer his unwilling daughter into a more lucrative match. The excitement, colour and wit of Cervantes' masterpiece are a perfect vehicle for the brilliance of the Mariinsky dancers, whose astounding displays of dazzling choreography and virtuoso dancing are highlighted by Minkus’ irresistible music.
27,28,29,31 July and 1,2,7 August at 7.30pm
29 July at 2pm
Konstantin Sergeyev’s entrancing production of Swan Lake based on Petipa and Ivanov’s timeless masterpiece, creates a lyrical,
mysterious world where Prince Siegfried and the swan-princess Odette affirm their love for each other, conquering the forces of evil. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing music combines with peerless choreography showing the Mariinsky’s famed corps de ballet
in its superlative beauty.
3,4 August at 7.30pm
Alexei Ratmansky’s acclaimed staging of Tolstoy’s epic novel Anna Karenina returns after its stunning success six years ago
at the Royal Opera House. Tolstoy’s magnificent portrayal of a tormented woman who breaks all moral and social conventions with devastating consequences is set to a powerful score by Rodion Shchedrin. The ballet’s extraordinary heroine is the perfect vehicle for the unparalleled dramatic and expressive gifts of the Mariinsky’s great ballerinas.
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