I was a little late to the party in respect of Vladimir Jurowski’s scintillating new recording of the original 1877 version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Yevgeny Svetlanov’s orchestra) but I’ve been much absorbed by it, thrilled by it.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Stefan Herheim’s production of Tchaikovsky’s opera The Queen of Spades playing at the Royal Opera House until the 1 February 2019.
One of the best-loved ballets, Nutcracker returns to London’s Coliseum and is a real festive treat from start to finish.
As one of dance’s most iconic productions, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns home to a rapturous reception.
In short, Swan Lake is a marvellous evening’s dance and a production that should appeal to both connoisseurs and novices alike. Now that’s what I call ballet.
The wintry Russian setting and grand Tchaikovsky score prove an ideal fit for The Imperial Ice Stars, whose revived production of Swan Lake on Ice effortlessly integrates the spectacle of ice skating with the beloved fairytale ballet.
Something very exciting is happening in small-scale opera. This is the third one I’ve seen in as many months, all striking in their own ways but Eugene Onegin is by far the most enjoyable.
In a programme change at The Other Palace, award-winning actor and pianist Hershey Felder presents the UK premiere of Our Great Tchaikovsky, replacing the previously announced double bill of his musical plays about two other composers: Irving Berlin and Maestro Leonard Bernstein.
This latest production at Opera Holland Park is Tchaikovsky’s lesser-known opera, directed by Rodula Gaitanou. The Queen of Spades is the final production in Opera Holland park’s 2016 season, closing on 13 August 2016. So what have critics made of it?
Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale comes to the stage this season as Matthew Bourne completes his trilogy of Tchaikovsky’s ballets. Sleeping Beauty (originally premiered in 2012) follows Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in typical Bourne style – it is clever, gripping and awe-inspiring.
By Bourne’s own admittance the familiar story of Sleeping Beauty always left him ‘a little cold’ – understandably so – it is a tale about a Princess who spends most of her time asleep. Taking his inspiration from Tchaikovsky’s score and the original fairytale, Bourne plays with our expectations of the well-loved tale and adds further layers to the story, with a surprising twist and new characters – Sleeping Beauty is a faultless and magical production. Giving us all the visual clues that we need to experience the story in a new and refreshing way – there is no finer storyteller than Matthew Bourne.