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Classical ballet
Jewels is unique: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very differe...Show more
Jewels is unique: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very different composers. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and chose music revealing the essence of each jewel. He explained: “Of course, I have always liked jewels; after all, I am an Oriental, from Georgia in the Caucasus. I like the color of gems, the beauty of stones, and it was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska’s direction, came so close to the quality of real stones (which were of course too heavy for the dancers to wear!).” Each section of the ballet is distinct in both music and mood. Emeralds, which Balanchine considered “an evocation of France — the France of elegance, comfort, dress, perfume,” recalls the 19th century dances of the French Romantics. Rubies is crisp and witty, epitomizing the collaboration of Stravinsky and Balanchine. Diamonds recalls the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Maryinsky Theater, where Balanchine was trained. Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp have written: “If the entire imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence.” Full info
Composer: Gabriel Faure
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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20
February
Wednesday
Opera
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the o...Show more
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the opera that would eventually become Un ballo in maschera. He selected a pre-existing libretto by Eugène Scribe (originally created for French composer Daniel Auber) on the story of the reformist Swedish king Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792. The subject was not at all to the taste of the notoriously prickly censors in Naples, who in addition to wanting the setting and period changed demanded that the murder take place offstage. Verdi angrily refused, and sought another theatre to stage the work. The considerably more liberal Teatro Apollo in Rome still insisted a fictional setting be used; Verdi had little choice but to relent, and transformed King Gustav into Riccardo, governor of Boston. The opera was first performed on 17 February 1859 and was an immediate success. Full info
Baritone: Yuri Syrov
Bass-baritone: Nikolai Kazansky
Mezzo soprano: Nadia Krasteva
Mezzo soprano: Nadia Krasteva
Soprano: Anna Aglatova
Tenor: Stanislav Mostovoy

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Opera
The most lyrical Verdi’s work is La traviata, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils The Lady o...Show more
The most lyrical Verdi’s work is La traviata, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils The Lady of the Camellias. The title La traviata means literally The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Goes Astray. The title character of the play is Marguerite Gautier, who is based on Marie Duplessis, the real-life lover of author Dumas, fils. Duplessis was both a popular courtesan and the hostess of a salon, where politicians, writers, and artists gathered for socializing. Alexandre Dumas, père allegedly insisted on his son splitting up with Duplessis: and when he returned to Paris, she had already died of consumption. Since its debut as a play, numerous editions have been performed at theatres around the world. Giuseppe Verdi attended the Paris première of the play and soon turned to composing the opera. When Dumas, fils heard La traviata, he said: “Nobody would have remembered my Lady of the Camellias in 50 years but for Verdi, who made it immortal”. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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21
February
Thursday
Opera
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the o...Show more
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the opera that would eventually become Un ballo in maschera. He selected a pre-existing libretto by Eugène Scribe (originally created for French composer Daniel Auber) on the story of the reformist Swedish king Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792. The subject was not at all to the taste of the notoriously prickly censors in Naples, who in addition to wanting the setting and period changed demanded that the murder take place offstage. Verdi angrily refused, and sought another theatre to stage the work. The considerably more liberal Teatro Apollo in Rome still insisted a fictional setting be used; Verdi had little choice but to relent, and transformed King Gustav into Riccardo, governor of Boston. The opera was first performed on 17 February 1859 and was an immediate success. Full info
Baritone: Aluda Todua
Baritone: Maxim Aniskin
Bass: Vladimir Komovich
Bass-baritone: Aleksei Dedov
Bass-baritone: Aleksei Dedov
Soprano: Damiana Mizzi
Tenor: Stanislav Mostovoy
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Classical ballet
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
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February
Friday
Opera
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the o...Show more
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the opera that would eventually become Un ballo in maschera. He selected a pre-existing libretto by Eugène Scribe (originally created for French composer Daniel Auber) on the story of the reformist Swedish king Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792. The subject was not at all to the taste of the notoriously prickly censors in Naples, who in addition to wanting the setting and period changed demanded that the murder take place offstage. Verdi angrily refused, and sought another theatre to stage the work. The considerably more liberal Teatro Apollo in Rome still insisted a fictional setting be used; Verdi had little choice but to relent, and transformed King Gustav into Riccardo, governor of Boston. The opera was first performed on 17 February 1859 and was an immediate success. Full info
Baritone: Yuri Syrov
Bass-baritone: Nikolai Kazansky
Mezzo soprano: Nadia Krasteva
Mezzo soprano: Nadia Krasteva
Soprano: Anna Aglatova
Tenor: Stanislav Mostovoy
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
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23
February
Saturday
Opera
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the o...Show more
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the opera that would eventually become Un ballo in maschera. He selected a pre-existing libretto by Eugène Scribe (originally created for French composer Daniel Auber) on the story of the reformist Swedish king Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792. The subject was not at all to the taste of the notoriously prickly censors in Naples, who in addition to wanting the setting and period changed demanded that the murder take place offstage. Verdi angrily refused, and sought another theatre to stage the work. The considerably more liberal Teatro Apollo in Rome still insisted a fictional setting be used; Verdi had little choice but to relent, and transformed King Gustav into Riccardo, governor of Boston. The opera was first performed on 17 February 1859 and was an immediate success. Full info
Baritone: Aluda Todua
Baritone: Maxim Aniskin
Bass: Vladimir Komovich
Bass-baritone: Aleksei Dedov
Bass-baritone: Aleksei Dedov
Soprano: Damiana Mizzi
Tenor: Stanislav Mostovoy
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24
February
Sunday
Opera
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the o...Show more
Giuseppe Verdi set aside his project of adapting King Lear – never to be completed – to create the opera that would eventually become Un ballo in maschera. He selected a pre-existing libretto by Eugène Scribe (originally created for French composer Daniel Auber) on the story of the reformist Swedish king Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball in 1792. The subject was not at all to the taste of the notoriously prickly censors in Naples, who in addition to wanting the setting and period changed demanded that the murder take place offstage. Verdi angrily refused, and sought another theatre to stage the work. The considerably more liberal Teatro Apollo in Rome still insisted a fictional setting be used; Verdi had little choice but to relent, and transformed King Gustav into Riccardo, governor of Boston. The opera was first performed on 17 February 1859 and was an immediate success. Full info
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25
February
Monday
1
March
Friday
Classical ballet
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Conductor: Alexei Bogorad
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
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March
Saturday
Classical ballet
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was t...Show more
Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory. MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as 'not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor'. Full info
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Sunday
Classical ballet
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was t...Show more
Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory. MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as 'not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor'. Full info
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Concert
Cello: Ilya Pashintsev
Conductor: Alexei Utkin
Violin soloist: Ekaterina Nazarova
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor: Alexei Utkin
Violin soloist: Ekaterina Nazarova
Violin soloist: Ilya Movchan
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March
Wednesday

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19:00
7:00 PM
Premiere
Opera
Musical Director: Ainars Rubikis
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
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Opera
Although best known for his oriental fantasy Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov principally considered hi...Show more
Although best known for his oriental fantasy Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov principally considered himself a composer of opera. In his autobiography Chronicle of My Musical Life, he wrote, “Snegurochka is not only my best opera, but perhaps the best contemporary opera in general”. It was not a view shared by the press. “The critics treated Snegurochka with scant sympathy… I ‘possessed talent’ as a symphonist, but not as an operatic composer.” Full info
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8
March
Friday
19:00
7:00 PM
Premiere
Opera
Musical Director: Ainars Rubikis
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
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Classical ballet
Composer: Cesare Pugni
Composer: Sergei Vasilenko
Choreography: Vladimir Burmeister
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9
March
Saturday
19:00
7:00 PM
Premiere
Opera
Musical Director: Ainars Rubikis
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
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