Swan Lake

BBC4 Thursday 24th December 2009 8.15-10.30pm

The Kirov Ballet, under conductor Valery Gergiev from the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, present a complete performance of Swan Lake, their most enduringly popular classical ballet and much loved for its lush romantic score and heartbreaking love story. The brilliant Prima Ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina is outstanding in the challenging dual role of Odette, the white swan and Odile, her black swan rival.

Presented by Darcey Bussell.

Source … BBC4 Newsletter

The Boston Globe … ‘the Kirov’s production is breathtakingly gorgeous …’

Los Angles Times … ‘32 swans moving as one …’

The Observer … 'Ulyana Lopatkina is the company’s supreme swan queen ... '

I’ve seen this sumptuous production of Swan Lake by the Kirov Ballet before … and it’s absolutely magnificent … very highly recommended.