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Sleeping Beauty

Legend has it that after having seen The Sleeping Beauty’s dress rehearsal, the Tsar Alexander III made the simple remark “very beautiful,” which sparked Tchaikovsky’s resentment, who was expecting a more favorable response. Looking today at its marvelous costumes in a capturing vintage style, the pompous opulence of Vive Henri IV!’s music, the rigorous yet brilliant dance steps of Petipa’s choreographies, one could wonder how the Tsar wasn’t rendered speechless! Inspired by the eponymous fairy-tale by Perrault and Brothers Grimm, Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty was an immediate success that rapidly became the second most staged ballet in Imperial Theatre’s repertoire. Nevertheless, it’s a tragedy that Tchaikovsky could never rejoice in the worldwide fame of his The Sleeping Beauty, having died only three years later.

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medici.tv is the best online platform for live streaming The Sleeping Beauty, offering you a VIP ticket to the most famous productions with world-class artists captured in the best audio quality and HD video. The Sleeping Beauty is a fairy tale by Charles Perrault that has inspired countless literary and cinematic works over the centuries, with perhaps the most famous example being Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, released in 1959. With its four-hour duration, The Sleeping Beauty is the longest work by Tchaikovsky, a breath-taking fairy-tale in three acts and five scenes, for an overwhelming emotional experience. On medici.tv, discover a wealth of interpretations of The Sleeping Beauty, when you want, wherever you want!

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A selection of our live streamed performances and recordings of The Sleeping Beauty are available for free to all registered users and the rest can be unlocked with a subscription. Our live video events stream right to your living room from the most famous opera houses, and you can watch them on your biggest screens with AirPlay, Chromecast, and our new Roku app! Come and discover the most capturing ballets by Tchaikovsky, including The Sleeping Beauty, staged by some of the most acclaimed orchestras and ballet corps in the world such as The Australian Ballet with the Orchestra Victoria, the Royal Ballet with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Barbara Hannigan, and more—featuring the storied talents of all-time great dancers like Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes!

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Inspired by the tale by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm, The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet comprised of a prologue, three acts and five scenes dated 1890. Thanks to its choreographies by Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky, its immediate positive reception was much more resounding than any other work born from the two giants’ collaborations, even Swan Lake! Staging the eternal conflict between good and evil, The Sleeping Beauty narrates, with the innocence of fairy-tales, the discovery of an intricate femininity divided between the Lilac Fairy’s grace and Maleficent’s resentment. Awaken your childlike side, and daydream on the notes of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, on medici.tv!