Royal Opera House: Swan Lake

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LIVE FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE SWAN LAKE Liam Scarletts glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarletts additional choreography and John Macfarlanes magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet.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. The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odettes curse, disguises his daughter Odile as Odette to trick Siegfried into breaking his vow of love. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for Odile, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever.The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovskys first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.Run time: 3 hours including two intervals

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