Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое озеро Lebedinoye ozero), Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 187576. The scenario, initially in two acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales[a] and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer´s curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky´s score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre´s chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.
The scene is set in medieval Germany. In the garden surrounding the castle of Prince Siegfried and his mother, villagers and courtiers are gathered to celebrate Siegfried´s coming-of-age. He is welcomed by his tutor Wolfgang and his friend Benno. A group of village girls come forward and, accompanied by their swains, commence a brilliant waltz. The Princess-Mother enters and reproaches her son for passing his time in riotous living: during tomorrow´s ball he must choose a bride from the eligible princesses who have been invited. After the Princess-Mother has departed, the festivities continue. Wolfgang´s attempts at dancing arouse laughter: he tries to kiss one of the girls, but she eludes his grasp and he kisses her village swain instead. A general dance with goblets concludes the celebration. A flock of swans is seen to pass across the evening sky; at his friend´s suggestion, the Prince and Benno lead the hunt for birds.
A forest glade by a lake, with a ruined building at one side. The swans, led by one wearing a crown, glide across the water. The huntsmen enter and move further into the forest while the Prince remains by the lake side. A beautiful maiden, Odette, appears and begs Siegfried to stay the hunt: she and the other swans live under the spell of the evil sorcerer Rothbart; only between midnight and dawn are they able to regain their human form. A vow of eternal love, expressed by one who is willing to die for her, can relinquish the curse. Siegfried, enraptured by Odette´s beauty, declares his love and begs her to attend the ball upon the following evening. While she explains that she can only attend after midnight, Rothbart appears in the guise of an owl and conceals himself in the ruins. The Swan Queen´s companions enter; their dances are followed by a pas de deux for Odette and Siegfried. Day breaks, and the girls reassume the form of swans. Odette sadly bids farewell to her Prince. As the first light of dawn appears in the east, the swans pass silently across the lake.
The ballroom of the castle. The Master-of-Ceremonies introduces six princesses; Siegfried joins the distinguished visitors. After he has told his mother that none of the girls has pleased him, Rothbart enters in disguise, accompanied by his daughter Odile, Odette´s evil double. Siegfried, completely deceived, welcomes her as the ball continues with a divertissement of national dances. When he claims Odile as his chosen bride, Rothbart demands that the Prince swear eternal fidelity to his daughter. Siegfried swears the oath. Odette, in the form of a swan, is seen at the window which flies open and is shattered in pieces. Triumphantly Rothbart reveals his and his daughter´s true identity; they vanish, while Siegfried rushes into the night in search of Odette.
At the lakeside, Odette´s companions await their Queen´s return in a mood of sadness. Odette enters in despair. As Siegfried approaches, Rothbart conjures up a storm. The Prince begs for forgiveness: Odette tells him that they will never meet again but Siegfried prevents her from joining her companions in the ruin, and snatching her crown from her head throws it into the raging lake. The lovers are engulfed in the waters. The storm subsides, and a flock of white swans is seen on the lake.
The stage of the State Opera Prague will host the National Theatre Brno offering their production of Tchaikovskys Swan Lake. This romantic fouract ballet is one of the most famous titles of all large theatre houses. The fairy tale of Princess Odetta transfigured to a swan, of prince Siegfried who forgets his oath and of the tricky magician Red Beard has reached eternal fame thanks to P. I. Tchaikovskis music. The National Theatre Brno presents its Swan Lake in the choreography and under the direction of Robert Strainer; set designer and author of shapes is Josef Jelínek. Gems of the brilliant production are impressive achievements of the soloists and of the whole ensemble.
Opera with Dinner in Prague
Experience in selected restaurants and in the glamorous Pragues opera houses a charmful evening. A private Chauffeur stays at your disposal for the entire evening.
Limousine Service: The driver for this evening awaits you at the entrance of your hotel and drives you to the opera house of your choice. In the opera you enjoy then an excellent opera performance in one that opera houses of Prague. You have the choice between the Pragues state opera, the national theatre or that state theatre.
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- 3 courses menu: a gourmet dinner that may include salmon, farm chicken, beef fillet, duck or equivalent
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- Beverages not included.