Swan Lake (Opéra de Paris)

Release date
Opéra Bastille
Rudolf Nureyev
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Musical direction
Valery Ovsyanikov

Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet

 le Lac des cygnes
Photo credit
© Julien Benhamou/OnP

Main informations

In Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky took up the legend of the immaculate bird to create some of the most beautiful music ever written for ballet. The choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov left their distinguished mark on this story of an impossible love between an earthly prince and a bird‑princess, refashioning the myth of the swan‑dancer, the ultimate ballerina. When creating his version for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Rudolf Nureyev chose to give it a Freudian dimension, illuminating Tchaikovsky’s poetic dream through a sense of profound hopelessness.

Swan Lake
Artistic team

Ballet in four acts

Music / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto / Vladimir Begichev, Vassili Geltser
Choreography / Rudolf Nureyev
After Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov

Sets / Ezio Frigerio
Costumes / Franca Squarciapino
Lighting design / Vinicio Cheli

Paris Opera Orchestra
Conductor / Valery Ovsyanikov

Presented by Aurélie Dupont
Director of Dance at the Paris Opera


Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet


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