A classic of all classics and with an aesthetic ideal

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Over the course of decades, Swan Lake, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has become the quintessential dance art form. No other ballet has gained as much popularity or compares to this one in terms of the number of stage adaptations and choreographic versions. It has undoubtedly achieved a dominant position and is part of the collective imagination.  

First performed in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, it is recognised as synonymous with Gothic-romantic fantasy, not only for its extraordinary music, but also for a plot with hints of deception, love and sacrifice in a surreal and magical setting. With a tragic and emotionally charged ending: the Rome Opera House performs, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, this timeless love story based on the original work by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.  

The perfidious Rothbart, a half-human, half-animal wizard, obsessed with Prince Siegfried, will use one of his beautiful enchanted swans as bait for the young man's doom. Love flowers between Siegfried and Odette, who, under the sorcerer's spell, is transformed into a swan. The transformation of a human being into an animal is the representation of a prophetic object of love and seductive illusion. With the threat of imminent death, love will conquer evil. 

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The Swan Lake

Readapted choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (1895) from the Julius Resinger’s original(1877).
World premiere: Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow 04/03/1877
Barcelona premiere: Gran Teatre del Liceu 11/05/1925
Last Liceu performance: 30/05/2021
Total number of Liceu performances: 76 

  • Approximate running time 2h 30min

Artistic profile

Piotr Íllitx Txaikovski
Benjamin Pech
Set and costume design
Aldo Buti
Vinicio Cheli
Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

July 2024

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