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The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, choreographed by Liam Scarlett and starring Marianela Nunez as Odette/Odile and Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried.

The Royal Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet in a brand new production by the brilliant young choreographer Liam Scarlett, with sumptuous and evocative designs by John Macfarlane.

The Royal Ballet’s new production of this iconic classic – the first in over 30 years at Covent Garden – garnered 5-star reviews when it opened in May 2018. Starring the Argentinian ballerina Marianela Nunez in the hugely challenging dual role of Odette/Odile, with Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried, the ballet is a showcase for the whole company, who dazzle in full royal finery during the ball at the palace and in delicate feathered tutus as flocks of swans in the unforgettable scenes at the moonlit lake.

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. Siegfried holds the power to break the curse
with a promise of true love – but the evil von Rothbart disguises his daughter Odile as Odette to trick Siegfried into breaking his vow.

Presented by Dame Darcey Bussell and Ore Oduba.

2 hours, 16 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2018 19:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Scene (From Swan Lake)

  • 00:15

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake: Waltz

  • 00:15

    The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

    Suite From Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act I: No. 2, Valse (Remastered)

  • 00:15

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Waltz from Swan Lake

  • 00:29

    The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

    Suite From Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act I: Coda (Remastered)

  • 00:32

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    Swan Lake: No. 8 Danse Des Coupes

  • 00:36

    The Festival City Orchestra, Hans Shalletz Conductor

    Dance of The Swans - Swan Lake

  • 00:43

    Vakhtang Kakhidze, The Georgian Festival Orchestra

    Swan Lake (Excerpts): Act. II, No. 12: Scene

  • 00:52

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake Suite (Scene 2)

  • 01:03

    Sunny Blacks Band

    Mi Homlan Dadale

  • 01:08

    London Symphony Orchestra: Andre Previn

    Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky: Swan Theme

  • 01:10

    Michael Tilson Thomas, London Symphony Orchestra

    Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act III: 15. Allegro Giusto

  • 01:26

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act III, No. 21: Danse Espagnole

  • 01:28

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake Suite (Danse Hongroise)

  • 01:28

    Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Danse Hongroise

  • 01:28

    Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Jacques Israelievitch, John Sant'ambrogio, Frances Tietov, Susan Slaughter

    Swan Lake, Op. 20: No. 20 Hungarian Dance (Moderato Assai; Allegro Moderato; Vivace)

  • 01:32

    The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

    Suite From Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act III: No. 22, Danse Napolitaine (Remastered)

  • 01:33

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake: Mazurka- Act III

  • 01:33

    Scottish National Orchestra - Neeme Jarvi

    Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake: VIII Mazurka (Act III - No 23)

  • 01:34

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    Swan Lake: No. 23 Mazurka

  • 01:37

    Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    Swan Lake Ballet Suite, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act I, No. 5, I. Tempo Di Valse Ma Non Troppo, Quasi Moderato

  • 01:38

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    Swan Lake: No. 5 Pas De Deux: Andante

  • 02:09

    Eugene Ormandy

    Swan Lake: Act I: Finale

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