Ballet

Swan Lake by Valery Kovtun after Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky

Natalia Matsak (Odette / Odile), Denys Nedak (Prince Siegfried), Yaroslav Tkachuk (Rothbart) — Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine

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Cast

Valery Kovtun — Choreographer

Maria Levitskaya — Costume designer, stage design

Natalia Matsak — Odette / Odile

Denys Nedak — Prince Siegfried

Yaroslav Tkachuk — Rothbart

Sergii Lytvynenko — The Tutor

Vladyslav Ivashchenko — The Knight

Ludmyla Melnyk — The Queen

Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine

Orchestra of the National Opera of Ukraine

Mykola Dyadura — Conductor

Program notes

Of the many beloved classical ballets in the repertoire, Swan Lake may be the most iconic of all, performed perhaps more than any other for a greater number of dazzled spectators all over the world since its first staging in 1877. The “classic” version by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first performed in 1894, laid the foundations for all subsequent productions, most notably that of the great Rudolf Nureyev. Valery Kovtun’s version, presented by the storied Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine—world-renowned representatives of one of the grandest balletic traditions—remains true to the spirit of the original, guaranteeing emotion and enchantment amid the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, one of the most lush and beautiful scores ever written.

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