The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

La Scala

La Scala

La Scala Ballet 2007 Summer Season

Artistic Director: Frédéric Olivieri
Rudolf Nureyev's magnificent production

of The Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Opera House


Six years after its first spectacular visit, the celebrated La Scala Ballet returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden this summer, under the direction of its Artistic Director, Frédéric Olivieri, with Rudolf Nureyev's acclaimed production of The Sleeping Beauty

Stars of La Scala Ballet - Sabrina Brazzo, Marta Romagna, Gilda Gelati, Mick Zeni and Alessandro Grillo will be joined by guest artists Leonid Sarafanov and Guillaume Côté, together with an array of outstanding character dancers and La Scala's renowned corps de ballet.

Nureyev's breathtaking choreography retains the purity of the original by Petipa, whilst heightening its dramatic and theatrical impact.  Tchaikovsky's sublime music combined with a magnificent visual feast of sumptuous sets and stunning costumes by Franca Squarciapino, imbue Perrault's beloved fairytale with wonder and excitement.

Members of the Victor Hochauser Emailing List can read about life with La Scala, backstage at the Royal Opera House 2007 in the Member's Lounge.

History of La Scala Ballet

The history of the illustrious Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company is interwoven with the birth of ballet itself, tracing its heritage back to the Renaissance courts of Milan.

Throughout the centuries until today, it has been associated with the greatest choreographers and dancers including the legendary Maria Taglioni who made her debut at La Scala in 1841.

Dancers of La Scala were a major force in the creation of the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, in particular the great dancer and teacher Enrico Cecchetti who was Director of La Scala from 1925-1928. It was he who brought the Italian style of teaching into Russia and was highly influential in the creation of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. 

Between 1968 and 1990, Rudolf Nureyev's close bond with La Scala, both as dancer and choreographer, brought tremendous advances in classical ballet technique into the Company.

Nureyev choreographed many new and important productions for La Scala.

His visionary staging of The Sleeping Beauty remains one of the greatest in the ballet repertoire.




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