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Swan Lake


Ballet in 4 Acts


Music by: P. I. Tchaikovsky

Libretto: Vladimir Begichev & Vasily Geltser

Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Director: Yuri Grigorovich

Production designer: Simon Virsaladze

Conductor: Algis Zhuraitis


Odette / Odile Maya Plisetskaya 

Prince Siegfried  Alexander Bogatirev 

Von Rothbart Boris Efimov 

Jester Vladimir Abrosimov 

Brides: Galina Pritvorina, Tatiana Gavrilova, Galina Teselkina, 

Galina Kozlova & Irina Vozianova, 

Three Swans: M. Karnauhova, T. Kuzmitcheva & M. Kruchkova,  

Four Swans: O. Golova, T. Negrebetskaya, T. Popko & E. Popandopulo 

Waltz: E. Bobrova, K. Riabinkina, A. Fedorova & E. Cherkasskaya 

Members of the Bolshoi Ballet, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre

Running time: 2:23:14


No ballet has such deathless appeal as Swan Lake, a haunting fable of a young man’s naivety and a beautiful girl’s entrapment in swan’s feathers, all swept up in Tchaikovsky’s emotional music. Prince Siegfried, celebrating his birthday, is told by his mother the Queen that he must marry. He runs to the lake unhappily to hunt swans, but they turn into girls, led by Odette, a wonderful Swan Queen. The Evil Genius, a powerful sorcerer, has trapped them in a spell. Siegfried swears to release Odette by his love.


Back at court, princesses are paraded for an unwilling Siegfried to choose from. Suddenly the Evil Genius arrives with a captivating princess, Odile, whose resemblance to Odette completely fools the prince. By the lake, Odette grieves over her betrayal.  


Siegfried runs to her begging forgiveness, but the Evil Genius summons an apocalyptic storm around them, and Odette slips out of the remorseful Siegfried’s grasp.


The Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya became a world legend in the iconic dual role of Odette/Odile, and her unique strength and dramatic charisma are captured in this digitally restored and remastered 1976 film recording of a historic Bolshoi performance marking the centenary of the first ballet made on Tchaikovsky’s score. With Alexander Bogatyrev as Siegfried and Algis Zhyuraytis conducting the unforgettable score, this is an atmospheric record of Yuri Grigorovich’s intense production.


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